Leesburg Courthouse Christmas Display Moved to Church

Nativity scene spent six decades at Loudoun County Courthouse

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    Among the region's most enduring holiday traditions: The White House tree lighting, sparse traffic when the government is closed... and controversy over Christmas displays in Leesburg.

    A nativity scene that was front and center at the Loudoun County Courthouse for six decades spent last year's Christmas season out of the spotlight after complaints that a religious display should not be in front of a government building.

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    This year, the nativity has a new home at  the Leesburg Presbyterian Church, while the courthouse is displaying a smaller version of the manger scene. You'll also find a Christmas tree, a menorah and Santa Claus... although some atheists expressed disapproval.

    A few years back, the debate over the courthouse's nativity scene led to big (and often bizarre) changes.

    Last year, anyone was allowed to put up a holiday display outside the courthouse as long as they were among the first nine approved. But some -- including the skeleton Santa on a cross -- drew complaints from the public.

    This year, no unattended displays from individuals are permitted.

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