The war on (zombie) Christmas

An Ohio man who set up a nativity scene featuring zombie versions of Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, wise men (and possibly zombie versions of the livestock assuming one can have zombie animals of which I am not sure, since I am not fully abreast of zombiana) has been told by the local authorities to take it down, saying it violates zoning laws.

It’s a Nativity scene sure to cause a case of the heebie-jeebies.

An Ohio man has fashioned an unusual exhibit that looks more like a zombie Apocalypse than the birth of Jesus — and authorities are not amused.

For the second year in a row, Jasen Dixon, manager of “13 Rooms of Doom” haunted house, assembled the eerie biblical interpretation on his front lawn and was asked to take it down.

This news clip shows you more of his display.

It seems like Fox News and others should come to the aid of Dixon since the city’s opposition seems to be part of the war on Christmas that so agitates them. After all, how do they know that Jesus and his family were not zombies? Didn’t Jesus promise his followers eternal life, which is what zombies have?


  1. Trickster Goddess says

    Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi features zombie cows. Also undead corporations:

    (In the end, the greedy meat packing plant that created the creatures with toxic feed declares bankruptcy and shuts down and sells off its assets to another company — which happens to be owned by the same parent corporation.)

  2. Iam thatiam says

    I’m not sure I can support this… Are we talking classic zombie Jesus, or fast zombie Jesus?

  3. WhiteHatLurker says

    I have to go with the town on this one. Not sure of the right of ways in the area, but that looks to encroach on the public space next to the roadway.

    I do like the idea, the execution is somewhat problematic.

    Zombie animals are part of the modern culture -- Slither is an example.

  4. raven says

    There are a lot of all Zombie Nativity scenes, some of which are commercially available.
    They are easy to make and I know how. At the end of Halloween, there is a vast amount of display type and costume merchandise, all sold at deep discounts. You simply use those for…Xmas Nativity scenes. I’m no Martha Stewart but even I could do it.
    They also have all cat Nativity scenes and probably all whatevers. I once thought to make an all dinosaur one.

  5. raven says

    Vintage Zombie Chrismas Nativity Set Ceramic Kitsch $150.00 -- Etsy No tax

    Nativity scenes come in two sizes, indoor to display on a mantel or coffee table and life size for outdoors.

    The indoor ones are easy to make. Just hit the attic, kid’s toy boxes, and Walmart etc.. and buy whatever small plastic figures you like. Arrange them around a manger and there you go. Mix and match i.e. Zombie humans and
    dinosaur animals.

    One of my minor complaints about Nativity scenes is that they are trite and clichey. Seen one plastic sheep, seen them all.

  6. says

    When theists put religious displays on goverment property, they call it a “war on christmas” if people complain about the separation of cult and state. But when a non-theist or humourist puts a display on his own private property, the theists demand the government force him to take it down.

    This should make for an interesting lawsuit. If Dixon’s display “violates zoning laws”, then the religious ones do too. Let’s the the theists argue against that.

  7. StevoR says

    .. assuming one can have zombie animals of which I am not sure, since I am not fully abreast of zombiana.

    I’m pretty sure you can have zombie animals. Zombie dogs certainly feature in at least one video / computer game I’ve played and have seen in at least one zombie movie too.

    Can’t see any reason why not.

    Also Stephen King’s Pet Cemetary springs to mind as well

  8. Friendly says

    Mira Grant’s “Newsflesh” trilogy is about a virus that can cause any life form above a certain mass — whether it be human or another animal — to become a zombie.

  9. says

    Leftover, that was the first thing that jumped out at me too -- which group was trying to enforce what displays can be placed on private property. It really destroys pretty much every argument they try to make about secular groups trying to keep church and state separate.

  10. Reginald Selkirk says

    WhiteHatLurker #5: Not sure of the right of ways in the area, but that looks to encroach on the public space next to the roadway.

    I don’t think so; this municipality apparently does not even require sidewalks.

    The code violation they are citing him for is a “structure” in his front yard. I suggest he put wheels on it. Then it’s not a structure, it’s a vehicle.

    I was more scared by the eye make-up worn by the female anchorperson. Her eyeshadow looks like a second set of eyebrows.

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