Owner Jasen Dixon has confirmed that this will be the last year for his controversial Zombie Nativity Scene. This saddens me. I never got to visit it, to see the Zombie Nativity Scene in person. Dixon and family only put the scene up for the first time four years ago. It seems longer. The attraction has packed in a good decade’s worth of publicity in those four years, though, a lot of it of the negative variety. People protested. The city started unjustly fining the family. Slimeballs vandalized the attraction. (How very Christian of them!) Though the ZNS was never meant to be anti-Christmas, people took it that way. Dixon says a lack of public interest has led him to his decision to shelve the scene, but then admits that he only put it up this year because so many people wanted him to. The latter statement would seem to contradict the former. If Dixon’s real reason for ending the attraction, though, is because he’s tired of the headaches, you can’t blame the guy. Still, it’s sad.
I have hopes the ZNS will live again. Dixon may sell off the pieces. And honestly, there’s no copyright on the idea. A zombie Nativity scene is something anybody could do, if they wanted to. You never know where or when a zombie Nativity might pop up in the future. Like any good zombies, the concept won’t be that easy to kill.