“Our board was tired of people leaving decorations for too long after the holiday was over, so they made a rule last July that we could only have decorations 15 days before and had to be taken down 15 days. after the holidays. Some people might think this rule is okay. But I like to decorate for Halloween on October 1st to have the decorations up all October.
“When they passed this rule, I was livid. I realized they never mentioned what parties we could decorate for, so the first thing I did was go buy red, white and blue lights. I decorated for the 4th of July and you better believe I left those boring lights on until the 19th of July.
The problem is that there are really no major holidays from July to October. BUT the HOA didn’t say it had to be a major vacation. After July 19, I decorated for International Beer Day which was August 4 with the same red, white and blue lights for July 4 but I removed the sign that said “Happy Independence Day” and l replaced with a sign I made myself that read “Happy International Beer Day”.
On August 19, I changed the sign to Happy National Aviation Day. I kept the same lights on. Then it was Labor Day. Yeah. I just changed the sign again. On September 19, I started celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Because again they never indicated which parties we could decorate for.
I continued through the holidays where I started with Veterans Day after Halloween, then went to Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
The council got together and tried to pass a rule saying what holidays we could decorate for BUT they couldn’t get the vote when they tried to only include New Years, Valentine’s Day, July 4, Halloween and Christmas. They did not include any Jewish holidays or any other non-Christian holidays like Ramadan and many people expressed their displeasure about this.
So they’re going to meet again and I think they’re just going to change the rule to bring down the holiday decorations in a reasonable amount of time and not put any restrictions on when we can start.”