Snoopy Christmas display saved from foreclosure

December 14, 2011 • National News

Snoopy greets one-year-old Raeghan Thompson, from Newport Beach, Calif., at the “Snoopy House” display that Jim Jordan started 44 years ago, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, on the lawn outside City Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif. The city of Costa Mesa offered to host the massive, animated display of Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” Christmas characters after Jordan lost the home where the tradition was born and flourished to foreclosure. The move saved a wildly popular Christmas display that Jordan says draws 80,000 people _ including busloads of visitors, school groups and lines of children waiting to see Santa. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Jordan created a heart-warming Christmas display of Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters more than 40 years ago at his Southern California home, and it became a holiday tradition as tens of thousands of people showed up each year to see the sparkling extravaganza.

Families trekked to the Orange County suburb of Costa Mesa to sip hot apple cider and share the wonder as seen through their children’s eyes amid twinkling Christmas lights, artificial snow and a Santa Claus that whisked through the air and down a chimney for spectators. It became so popular that busloads of visitors and school groups visited Jordan’s childhood home each year.

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