A family in Concord has extra reason to celebrate this Christmas after two ceramic gnomes, stolen from their front yard last month, were returned.
Frank Rossisini, 85, and his wife, Janet, were devastated after the gnomes were stolen from their home on November 1st. The ceramic gnomes were made by the couple’s daughter, Carolyn, when she was just 8-years-old. Carolyn died two years ago.
“She was killed in a motorcycle accident. So, they hold a special significance in our hearts,” Frank Rossisini told KTVU.
After the theft Rossisini put up a theft in his backyard that read:
“Will the person who took our statues, please return them. They were made by our daughter who was killed. They have a special place in our hearts. Thank you!”
He was hoping that whoever stole the gnomes would see the sign and return them but he and his wife were not expecting that to happen this Christmas Eve.
“It wasn’t feeling too much like Christmas yesterday (Monday),” Rossisini told KTVU.
That changed when he looked out his window this morning.
“I took a double take. I ran into the bedroom yelling at Janet that our gnomes had returned,” he said.
“So, merry Christmas to whoever gave them back to us,” Janet Rossisini exclaimed.
After the gnomes were returned Frank Rossisini updated his sign, this one read:
“Thank you for the return of our gnomes! Our faith in humanity is restored. God bless.”
The Rossinni’s say in the two years since their daughter’s death they have not celebrated Christmas.
“I’ll tell you, this is a new Christmas! It’s different,” Frank Rossisini said.
The theft was an upsetting experience for the family, but they said the return has shed some new light on the holidays.
“Maybe Carolyn was, in her way, saying okay, stop grieving and get on with Christmas,” Rossisini said.