Most weeks, Friday Five wraps up the week in religion reporting.
But here’s a secret about this week: I’ve been mostly away from my computer screen, celebrating Christmas with my family.
So there’s an excellent chance I’ve missed important and/or interesting news in the world of the Godbeat. In that case, please don’t hesitate to share links in the comments section or by tweeting us at @GetReligion.
In the meantime, let’s dive into the Friday Five:
1. Religion story of the week: In case you missed it in the midst of your own holiday festivities, I wrote earlier this week about the New York Times’ front-page Sunday feature on a national trend of Baby Jesus being swiped from Nativity scenes.
I particularly loved the story’s dateline, which I thought was brilliant: Bethlehem, Pa.
In related coverage, McClatchy had this intriguing headline on the day after Christmas: