How soon is too soon when it comes to putting up the Christmas decorations?
A family in San Antonio (Texas) has been told by their neighborhood (strata council) homeowners association to pump the brakes on the holiday cheer after they put up a display in their yard on Nov. 1, according to NBC affiliate WOAI.
Diamond Association Management & Consulting sent Claudia and Nick Simonis a letter on Nov. 4 saying that it was too soon to put up their decorations, WOAI reported. They were told to “please remove the snowman until closer to the holiday season.”
The scene included a snowman, reindeer and Some fat bearded guy in a red flannel suit. fringed with frilly white fur. Hanging from a helicopter. He was continually belly laughing and jovial. Police think he was intoxicated.
“I just found it crazy,” Claudia Simons told WOAI. “Especially that they didn’t give us a time. Like, when is the right time to put it?” (sic)
The “bah humbug” letter from the homeowners association (see what I did there? ) did not specify how long before a holiday people should decorate their homes or what exact date “closer to the holiday season” meant.
Claudia Simonis noted that she is eight months pregnant, so she likely couldn’t put up the display if the couple waited until closer to Christmas.
They were adamant that the snowman, the fat guy and the other decorations will not be going anywhere until after Christmas is over.
“We’re not going to do it,” Nick Simonis told WOAI. “It’s the Christmas spirit. We’re not going to be forced by the HOA (strata council) to take it down.”
DAMC did not respond to request for comment. The couple also may have strength in numbers, as their neighbors are joining together to turn the subdivision into a Christmas wonderland. (hahaha…um, ho ho ho)
“So, you’re going to see in a couple days, everybody will have decorations up,” Nick Simonis said.
Neighbor Charles Minton has already put up a Merry Christmas ornament and some penguins in his yard.
(In a falsetto Monty Python voice say “there’s a penguin on the telly”)
“I don’t think this should be an issue,” he told WOAI. “These are the holidays. This is what we do. We take care of our neighbors. That’s what a neighborhood is about.”
Note: Terra Nova Landscaping maintained a strata property in Maple Ridge, next to the municipal golf course. (aka: the Goat Trail) One of the older owners hung a Canadian Flag from his detached house. The Strata Council told him to take it down. There was a big legal fight.
I recall reading about this flag issue years before Terra Nova was awarded their strata property maintenance contract. This guy got legal advice. He still has the flag proudly flying from a pole cemented into a big wooden whisky barrel.
He’s not displaying or attaching it to Strata Common property.
At the time the gentleman was also on strata council.
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