SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A family who lives in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento has a message for the people vandalized their Christmas decorations, and it’s written right on their front lawn.

“You can steal our decorations, but not our holiday spirit.”

It was a cold dose of reality for Kenneth Cook-McKnight’s 4-year-old son after a real-life Grinch destroyed their Christmas display.

“He said to me that ‘robbers came and took our Santa,” Cook-McKnight said. “That’s a tough lesson to learn at 4 years old.”

After a Saturday morning walk, Cook-McKnight came home to find an inflatable Santa was slashed, Rudolph’s head ripped off and an oversized Grinch was stolen.

“Why? Make me understand why? I guess that’s the biggest question,” Cook-McKnight said.

Sacramento police told CBS13 there has been very little holiday vandalism reported this season. But the damage was a big deal to to Cook-McKnight. In all, he says it’ll cost him more than $1,000 to replace the decorations.

“It’s not going to ruin our Christmas,” he said. “We’re going to soldier on and keep it our own way.”

Cook-McKnight says he’s been putting up the decorations for six years now, and it’s become a staple in the neighborhood.

Russ Hanson is new to the area, and when he sees his neighbor’s bright lights, he knows he’s almost home.

“We always recognize that’s when we’d be ready to pull in, even if it’s dark,” he said.

Cook-McKnight says despite the Christmas crooks, Santa will still be coming down his chimney. And he’s thankful that the vandals were not able to destroy his family’s Christmas spirit.

“There’s a lot worse things going on in he world than this,” he said.

Comments (51)
  1. Joe Golfendude says:

    Sure would like to read where some were shot doing this.

  2. NooYawkah says:

    Why do people always ask why when stuff like this happens? There are just f’d up a-holes in the world who are miserable and want to make happy people as miserable as they are. That and the hip hop influence.

  3. Connie says:

    Likely teenagers, and teenagers have been doing stuff like this forever. Throwing eggs, TPing trees and cars, knocking down mailboxes, lighting dog poop on fire and leaving on a front step… and that was in my Dad’s era. It’s just the normal cycle of life. Not dismissing it, but it’s life.

    1. Sean P. Olbrych says:

      and who’s fault is this? cuz parents say teenagers will be teenagers? B***S**T



      1. Judi says:

        Agreed, this stuff never occurred when I was a kid, we were taught to respect people’s property or feel the thunder of our father’s hand across our behind. Thank you Dad for bringing us up proper.

    2. Deb says:

      But it’s not normal, just accepted. And it’s wrong. If more parents taught their children the difference between right and wrong and actually enforced it, this would not be “just the normal cycle of life”. So you keep accepting this behaviour and it keeps getting worse and worse. So when do you say enough is enough? When they start lighting people’s houses on fire for fun? Wake up!

  4. Mark Langley says:

    Probably drunk teenagers. Why is this news?

  5. Daniel Morgan says:

    Must be righteously indignant Muslims who have been offended by our sacrilegious holiday of Christmas. LOL!

  6. Sammie says:

    Kenneth Cook-McKnight’s? Never knew guys did the hyphenated thingy lol……….but good attitude Ken 🙂 ..keep on keeping on and happy holidays everyone

  7. Mac says:

    Generations of ‘defining deviancy down’, the Occupy movement, pandering to the ‘takers’. No surprise.

  8. ilja says:

    To all the posters who think it is okay to destroy the property of others, envy is not an attractive quality.

  9. Steve Osborn says:

    It blows me away that kids are this way… If those kids ever have to pay for anything in there lives then maybe they know what its like to lose something you had to work hard to get… Merry Christmas everyone!!

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