Cedar Ridge, CA — A group of Jehovah’s Witnesses were cited early this week for removing Christmas decorations in a Cedar Ridge neighborhood. The group, not normally known for such aggressive, anti-holiday activity, spent several hours in the early Monday morning removing decorations in the Summerset Drive neighborhood and replacing them with eraser-less, #2 “Birthday Jesus” pencils. It is unclear at the time of this writing if this is related to the ongoing “War on Christmas” currently sweeping across the country.
“Well I came out this morning and all of my decorations were gone,” said a clearly perturbed Janet Williams of Cedar Ridge. “I have spent years collecting these things. Like my 4 foot Frosty the Snowman that randomly says ‘what’s ‘sup homey’ to my mostly naked Santa who waves at people driving by. What am I going to do with these 200 or so Jesus pencils?”
Jehovah’s Witnesses is a “millenarian restorationist” Christian denomination with non-trinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity.They are best known for their door-to-door preaching, distributing literature such as The Watchtower and Awake!, and refusing military service and blood transfusions. They do not observe Christmas, Easter, birthdays, or other holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity.
According to the Sheriff’s report, a “gang” of up to 15 Jehovah’s Witnesses were involved in the acts. Although no actual decorations were stolen, the members were charged with trespassing and vandalism. The group removed holiday-themed items from as many as 34 homes, however only 3 residents actually files complaints with the Sheriff including Cedar Ridge resident Tommy Empire.