Holiday traditions have a way of brightening the season’s celebrations, and in the city of Costa Mesa, the community rallied together to help save a treasured city tradition: The "Snoopy House" holiday display. Usually the long-time display is at the home of Linda and Jim Jordan, however, a foreclosure put the popular tradition in jeopardy, as Wells Fargo permanently locked the couple out of their home.
In response, local residents, businesses, council members, city employees and the Jordan family joined together to keep the 45-year holiday tradition alive. The "Save the Snoopy House" Facebook page and Twitter account mobilized local residents and volunteers so that the display could be put together in just one weekend and it has a new location: City Hall. The Daily Pilot reports that Jim Jordan commented, “This has been right out of a Frank Capra movie and I'm in 'It's a Wonderful Life.’”
Tom Hatch, the CEO of Costa Mesa, wrote an article inviting the community to see the annual display and describes the work that went behind its setup this year. Hatch wrote:
“The city, backed by a strong council endorsement, offered the City Hall lawn as an alternative site. […] Donations of time, supplies and money started to pour into City Hall. City staff happily filled in wherever needed. We want City Hall to be the perfect setting for the Peanuts characters, so we got a lighting company that specializes in rock concerts to use the mid-century modern white beams on the front of City Hall as a canvas and give the community a spectacular light show. The Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau agreed to pick up the cost.
Until New Year's Eve, the display will be lit up every night at City Hall (or should we say Snoopy Hall).