"It just rubs people the wrong way," Dixon said

Jasen Dixon’s zombie-themed nativity scene is only a two-year-old tradition for the Sycamore Township, Ohio, man, but it’s been a hard journey.

“I wanted a zombie scene actually, a manger scene,” Dixon told WCPO last year. “All I had to work with since I work at 13 Room Haunted House is zombies. It’s a different take. I hand made everything, but Joseph and baby Jesus, so it’s kind of artsy.”

Last year, Dixon was ordered to remove the structure from his front yard – police said he lacked the proper permit to have the display in his yard. This year, he applied for a permit, but was denied; the structure violates neighborhood zoning code, apparently.

Dixon is skeptical of the party line, however: “I think it’s the theme,” he told WKRC. It just rubs people the wrong way and it puts the spotlight on me. That’s why they’re coming down so hard on me.”

And coming down hard they are: Dixon faces a $500/day fine as long as the scene stays up. As of Friday, he’d already forked over a day’s worth of that.