Christmas is one of the best times of the year, not just because of the season itself, but for the creativity people have when decorating. For example, one California man decked his house out similarly to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. After facing fines for lacking a permit for the Christmas additions, locals spoke out and prevented further fees.
Fox 11 reports Jeff Norton is a huge Christmas fan. For the last four years, he has consistently decorated his La Mirada home based on Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Every year, he adds a new detail, and this year he went all-out, crafting a makeshift second story to his roof. However, officials state Norton didn’t apply for building permits and it may be a safety hazard. After the city disclosed they would begin fining him for the violation, public outcry was so great it stopped the fees completely.
Norton spoke to the news outlet about his Christmas decorations and struggles with the city. “When I finally finished it, I had a wonderful letter from the City of La Mirada asking me to remove it and I thought it was a mistake. They believe it would be a safety issue, and I can openly tell you it’d be impossible for that to come off my roof. I’d believe in miracles. I really kept safety in mind when I did it,” he said.
Fellow La Mirada residents had his back though, so much so their support caused the City of Mirada to cease fining him. “The first thing that you really have to think about is the people, the community was really on my side on this and I’m sure that was a big part of their decision.”
Nonetheless, he still must remove the second story after the holidays.
Chevy Chase Was a Big Fan of the Christmas Roof Decorations in ‘Christmas Vacation’
Jeff Norton imitating Christmas Vacation’s house layout is understandable, as it’s an iconic part of the movie. Chevy Chase feels the same way, saying he loved it, particularly the “stuff on the roof.”
A few years ago, Chase attended a special Q&A session about the movie and discussed the experience. At one point he talked about loving the physical parts of the movie and the decorations, specifically the roof. “I loved the stuff on the roof, which was typical of Clark Griswold.”
Continuing, he said “I loved sliding down the roof and hanging on. It was all very funny and I love Ellen (D’Angelo) coming out and going ‘Um…Clark?’ Nothing seems to bother her. It’s time for dinner and Clark is outside in a bush somewhere. Anything with Randy … that was funny. He’s just the troublemaker and that’s the thing, when you see Cousin Eddie show up, you know the movie is gonna blow up, ya know?”