Jasen and Amanda Dixon are having a very bloody Christmas.
The Sycamore Township, Ohio, couple is facing the ire of religious groups for constructing a zombie-themed Nativity scene for the second year in a row, the New York Timesreports. With a demonic baby Jesus and an eerie version of 'Silent Night' playing in the background, this holiday display is truly quite hellish. Just check out this local news report:
Religious groups are obviously pissed, but it's not just Christians who are feuding with the Dixons. The couple has fun into issues with local zoning officials, the New York Timesreports:
The problems began last year when local officials said he did not have a permit to construct the spooky display. Ms. Dixon said that they thought they were in compliance this year. But their permit application was declined, and she said they could face a fee of $500 a day. Calls and emails to the zoning administrator of Sycamore Township were not returned on Monday.
“Last year they apparently dropped the charges,” Ms. Dixon wrote in a Facebook message. “This year we must have made them mad because they are hounding us about it.”
Ms. Dixon said that the deadline that zoning officials gave the couple to remove the structure has passed, and that the couple opted to keep the display in their yard.
In the meantime, furious local Baptists are sprinkling the demonic manger with flyers urging the couple to take it down. “GOD FROWNS UPON THIS MANGER SCENE,” one pamphlet reads. “Jesus has supreme power over death and evil; he is not a zombie.”
It's hard not to laugh at this silly display. It's quite creative. Then again, 'Sycamore Township' sounds like the kind of place where people would flip their shit over a little holiday horror. For his part, Jasen Dixon (who also runs a haunted house called “13 Rooms of Doom," because obviously) is standing his ground and refusing to take down the display, despite the threat of more fines and more angry neighbors.
"Sorry to my Baptist friends," he wrote on Facebook. "They don't have much of a sense of humor."
Photos by Jasen and Amanda Dixon