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OC's Snoopy House Will be Recreated at City Hall for Christmas

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Being foreclosed on is bad enough, but apparently it's worse if you own the house in the neighborhood that has the annual massive Christmas display.

Such was the case with Jim Jordan of Costa Mesa, who for 44 years has hosted an over-the-top Peanuts-themed display each December, known locally as the Snoopy House. The Daily Pilot reports that Jordan, 59, learned last year that Wells Fargo was foreclosing on his home -- but the thing that kept him from getting out of bed in the morning wasn't the threat of homelessness, reports the Huffington Post.

"It was about letting all those people down at Christmas time," he told HuffPo. "Every time I thought it, I would break into tears. My heart was just broken."

The OC Register reports that the display draws nearly 80,000 people a year -- and those people have decided not to leave Jordan out in the cold. After the city of Costa Mesa received call after call from Jordan's friends and neighbors, officials stepped in and offered to recreate the display on the lawn of City Hall. A local Chick-fil-A will put their homophobic agenda on the back burner in order to host part of the gallery on their lawn, and local sports teams will help transport the decorations from Jordan's house to their new lcoations.

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Of course, that doesn't sole the problem of Jordan potentially losing his house, and for that, funds have been set up so community members and other Jordan fans can help him pay for his lawsuit against Wells Fargo. As he told the Daily Pilot, "...every time the attorney hands me a bill, he's very fair, but it's still, 'Wow.'"

The OC Weekly has a photo gallery of the Snoopy House from years past.