There’s somebody in every neighborhood, no matter where you are: That one guy that goes gangbuster’s on the Christmas displays – the yard, the house, the fence, the bushes, tress – you name it.
And it’s awesome. Just keeps getting awesomer every year.
Until the “other religion” decided they were offended by Christmas displays…
Hello, Dolly… what day is it?
In Hayden, Idaho – the wildman is a guy named Jeremy Morris – who loves to go all out for Christmas. And it’s not just the lights, the manger and the camel – also uses the Christmas display to raise money for the families of cancer patients as well as a local organization that helps homeless children.
Hat tip Conservative Focus:
His annual Christmas display includes tens of thousands of lights, a Living Nativity, a 22-voice choir and a camel named Dolly. Folks travel from all over town to experience the larger-than-life Christmas display – and spectators say it is indeed something to behold.
But the West Hayden Estates First Addition Homeowners Association does not share Jeremy’s yuletide cheer. It takes about three months to install all the lights and the decorations – so the Morrises are already hauling out the holly and reindeer and other holiday accessories – that’s why the War on Christmas starts early this year…
The HOA objected to the lavish display and put Jeremy on their naughty list. They were especially upset about the religious nature of Jeremy’s display – as noted in a certified letter he said he received from the homeowner’s association board.
… You know, religious – as in Christ’s birthday? Yeah.
In fact, the deal-breaker, they say was the Baby Jesus.
Attorney Scott Poorman fired off a letter on Oct. 26 demanding that Jeremy and his wife take down their display or else face the wrath of a lawsuit. His letter did not mention folks who might take offense at the Christians – but he did claim the family violated a number of other rules and regulations.
“Your event will be offensive to the senses and will interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of your neighbors’ private property rights,” Poorman wrote. The attorney feared the bright lights, loud music, choirs, zoo animals and Santa Claus would cause all sorts of helter-skelter in the neighborhood.
“Your planned event will be a nuisance to the entire neighborhood,” he wrote.
“Simply put, the quiet residential neighborhood of West Hayden Estates First Addition is not an appropriate location for such activities,” he wrote.
And the board really took issue with Dolly the Camel.
“Dolly the Camel is not an ordinary household pet and is not allowed to be kept on your property for any period of time,” the attorney wrote.
To be fair, the Bible does not mention a cat or hamster being present at the Nativity.
Jeremy tells me he has no intention of taking down a single piece of tinsel.
“Their real agenda is to attack Christians,” he said. “This is about hostility towards people of faith. I have certain religious beliefs that I hold dear to my heart. We wanted to help people in the community and promote Christmas as the Christian holiday it’s always been.”
So Santa Clause and Jesus Santa Claus are now nuisance? Whoever would have thought?
Just don’t tell O’Reilly – his head will explode.