Stop Ruining My Day and Turn the Lights Out

How do you tell your neighbors to take down their holiday lights?


A man travels with his pregnant wife in the middle of winter. It's cold and they're trying to find their way, and if it wasn't for that light in the sky they'd be lost.

In this case we're not talking about a star, we're talking about my neighbor's Christmas lights.

It's over. The radio stations have stopped playing Jingle Bell Rock, the stores have moved on to Valentine's Day and even my kids have stopped giving me boxes of toys to open. So why can't my neighbors, and a few others, take down their Christmas lights?

It's irritating. Every time I drive past those bright lights they remind me that the fun part of the season has ended, that we're in for a few months of cold and snow. There's nothing festive about scraping off the windows of your car.

Why can't these people realize that the rest of us have moved on? We're now prepared to be miserable. They're probably over there right now listening to Bing Crosby, drinking eggnog and cuddling by the fire. Disgusting. It's January. The fun has ended. It's time to stop smiling.

So I'm starting to come up with a plan. If by Feb. 1 those lights aren't at least unplugged I think I need to take action.

Do I unplug them myself? Maybe unscrew one bulb and see if a whole strand goes out? Wait until they're gone and take them down for them?

Or do I dare walk over there and ask them politely to stop ruining my day with their festival of lights?

How would you handle such a travesty? And what's the very latest date they should be allowed to keep their lights up?

Anne Onomous January 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM
HOGWASH! Anyone with any sort of common sense (rare these days!) should be cognizant of the fact they are creating a possible nuisance to others and act accordingly and not like self centered bozos! We had some jerk install a basketball hoop within feet of our master bedroom window and we listened to that thing morning, noon and night with no regard for anyone's peace. While people have a right to do things on their property to get stuff done, OTHERS have a right to peace and quiet within reason. Perhaps we should have built a moat for solicitors too!
Skip January 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
What a great article. I really like the idea of singing carols on the front porch of those who just can't seem to get around to taking down the lights. On the other hand, Christmas is my favorite holiday (and a good reminder of why we celebrate the true meaning of the holiday), so I'm not terribly offended by seeing Christmas lights in January.
Debbie January 25, 2012 at 09:29 PM
My neighbor still has his lights up. Any advice now? It's almost February!!!!
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Alex Chlen March 05, 2014 at 01:21 AM
what a stupid person wrote this?! i hope this isnt a real story. i would love to see those lights even in july, doesnt matter to me. obviously this person has some mental issues. the best way to deal with is shoot urself in the head or just go the psychiatrist.


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