End of days comes for Ohio man’s ‘Zombie Nativity’ scene

The Sycamore Township man said he’ll put it in storage or sell it after it’s taken down after Christmas

This Dec. 4, 2015 photo shows the accessory structure that houses a "Zombie Nativity" scene in Rossmoyne, Ohio. (Sheila Vilvens/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, via WCMH) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES
This Dec. 4, 2015 photo shows the accessory structure that houses a "Zombie Nativity" scene in Rossmoyne, Ohio. (Sheila Vilvens/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, via WCMH) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won’t put up his “Zombie Nativity” scene after this year.

Sycamore Township’s Jasen Dixon said he originally wasn’t planning to install the display this Christmas season.

“But I get hundreds of emails from people, local fans,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s almost like a cult following.”

Dixon installed the display complete with “Zombie Mary” and “Zombie baby Jesus” in early December. He said he’ll put it in storage or sell it after it’s taken down sometime after Christmas.

When it debuted four years ago, the nativity scene made news worldwide and was met with both scorn and celebration.

Sycamore Township in previous years took Dixon to court for alleged zoning violations because of the structure built over the display but eventually dropped the case. Dixon’s attorney argued the township was trying to suppress his freedoms.

The township didn’t issue any fines against Dixon last December and apparently won’t go after him this year.

Township zoning administrator Harry Holbert Jr. said it’s not worth employee time and effort to fight the display.

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