The day after Thanksgiving my neighbors on both sides of our unit (we live in a 4-plex) busted out their Christmas decor. Hey, I have been known to do that as well- I have no problem as long as they wait until AFTER Thanksgiving. Its all good.
Two weeks later and they are still putting out decorations. The funny part is- both of them are white guys married to Japanese ladies. I think maybe they are trying to impress/please/educate them? I don't know? These two guys are weird though- I have to say that. They are friendly enough- until I try to make coversation beyond the casual "hi, how are you?"
I was feeling the pressure- seeing how we didn't have any lights up outside or anything. Well I guess I waited too long because one neighbor decided to extend his lights over MY door. Huh? Has he been gone from the states too long and forgot that it is a faux pas to decorate your neighbor's house without asking? He already took up our little strip of grass between our front doors with his lights. Maybe he thought that since we didn't complain about that he would go ahead and put lights over our door as well? Geez! If I could reach it, I would put our lights over HIS. What could he say? Nothing!
My house is on the left- see the blue lights? Those are the neighbor's on the right. The candy canes and green and red rope lights are his also.
I am not mad really, maybe a little miffed. It is kind of like when someone flagrantly takes something out of your yard or cuts in line in front you. I do like to point out the lights to my friends when they come by- it is funny then.
See how much I love my readers? (all 8 of them)- I went out to take a picture in my pajamas and slippers- my sock monkey slippers. I have matching pj pants for them too- but they were in the wash...
I really wish I had said something when the first lights went up on our side of our grass. It would have been something like- "Oh we don't celebrate Christmas, its against our religion." The look on his face would have been worth it! But really- what IF we didn't celebrate Christmas? I would be MAD then!
The neighbor on the other side has kept to his own yard with his MANY decorations. Of course he has the corner unit with the beautiful Japanese Maple tree. (I covet that tree. It has been shedding its little bitty multi-colored maples leaves on the sidewalk- it is quite beautiful.)
The imposing neighbors are moving- next year we will be the 'senior' residents. Maybe I will take over the yard next time? Of course not- I would never dream of being an ass like that. I would rather bitch and gripe behind their backs. That just how I roll...