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Madison County Homeowner Told To Remove Christmas Display

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John Goetz believes his family is being harassed by their local neighborhood group over their Christmas decoration.

Shortly after they put up the large banner over their garage door at their Ridgeland home this weekend, Goetz says they got a letter from the Montrachet homeowners association demanding they remove the display because it violates one of the community's strict covenants.

Certain "sections... of the covenant prohibit any changes in front of structure without prior approval from the homeowner's architectural review committee," says the unsigned letter from the covenant committee chair.

"We don't want to change the front of the structure, all we want to do is display a little happiness and Christmas stuff and then we'll take it down after Christmas," Goetz told us.

The colorful banner has the words “Santa’s Workshop” across the top and features Ole Saint Nick himself and a group of elves along with the phrase Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Neighbor Billy Wayne Dixon says he has no problem with the decoration attracting so much attention. But he believes some of his neighbors may be offended by the words merry Christmas, the real reason for the holiday season, the birth of Jesus Christ.  

Goetz tells us he has no plans to remove the display, but he says his family is planning to move out of the neighborhood. He says they've been subjected to harassment for years and this latest flap is the final straw.  

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