CALEXICO — For the past few weeks, the plastic Joseph in Jerry Burch's yard has looked somberly at his sandal-clad feet.
The plastic Mary nearby has gazed lovingly at an empty manger.
This morning, Burch will bring out the plastic Baby Jesus to complete his frontyard Nativity scene.
He hadn't put Baby Jesus out earlier because his wife told him, "He's not supposed to be out yet."
Over the weekend, Burch's frontyard display at his Banda Avenue home was honored by the Calexico Recreation Department as the most unique collection of Christmas decorations in town.
His front yard full of Christmas cheer includes the now complete nativity scene, an 8-foot-high Grinch, Santa Claus, twinkling reindeer and three smiling snowmen.
Burch said people slow down and check out the house when they're driving by. Others have even walked into his front yard and taken pictures of their kids amid the Christmas light glow.