‘Christmas Vacation’ home: California homeowner orders Griswold-inspired front yard screen removed or faces fine

LA Mirada, Calif. – A California homeowner best known for his holiday decor based on the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” could soon be fined if he doesn’t remove the newest addition to his screen.

For the fourth year, the 1989 holiday classic takes over Jeff Norton’s front yard in La Mirada, a city in southeastern Los Angeles County.

“You know, as kids, we loved this movie. We really treated it like a family, and it just kept growing with us. And then I had that illusion to really build on. built it and one day I went out and started giving Norton a talk.

Every year, Norton Street closes. He said he welcomes hundreds of people from across the country every night on foot to the Griswold-inspired scene. Each year, he adds elaborate holiday displays.

“From the motorcycle to the police scene to the Ford Taurus with the tree,” says Norton.

It took him countless hours of online shopping, weeks of labor and even permanent house painting to get it right.

“I had to have that ugly yellow with the ugly green shutters, the whole deal,” he added.

But this year’s addition, a fake second story on his house, doesn’t sit well with La Mirada City. They want that part taken down.

“I said, ‘There’s no way in this world I’m going to delete it until January 1st.’ It’s a makeshift, fake façade that I’ve put up on my roof,” said Norton.

The City Manager told our sister station KABC they encourage Norton’s Christmas spirit. He’s even been a winner of the city’s Lodging Program Award in the past, but Norton built the new area without a permit and city staff say they don’t want it to fly. ride with strong winds or accidentally injure someone.

If Norton doesn’t comply, citations will come in, starting at $100 and increasing weekly.

“I’d be happier paying that fine. I’m not necessarily happy, but I’m going to do it to keep this up for the community. I’m not taking this down – not if it is, and or but,” says Norton.

The city manager said Norton has until the end of this week to remove the fake second story from its screens before the warnings go into effect.

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Dais Johnston

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