A family in San Antonio, Texas, isn’t budging after they were ordered to remove their Christmas decorations on the reason that it’s too early.
This year, Claudia Simonis and her husband Nick displayed their holiday cheer one day after Halloween, putting up a large display that includes a snowman, reindeer, and a Santa Claus helicopter, WOAI reported.
One of the reasons for their early up decorations is because Claudia is 8 months pregnant.
“I feel kind of heavy, so the earlier we can put out the decorations, the better. Because probably in two more weeks, I’m not going to be able to build all this,” Claudia said.
But three days later, the couple received a letter from their homeowner’s association, Diamond Association Management & Consulting, demanding they take down the decorations until closer to the holiday.
“Maintenance–Holiday Decorations Need To Be Removed,” read the notice. The letter also telling them to “remove the snowman until closer to the holiday season.”
Now the couple is protesting. They were particularly miffed because it did not specify a date when they would be allowed to put their decorations back up.
“I just found it crazy. Especially that they didn’t give us a time,” Claudia said. “Like, when is the right time to put it?”
Other neighbors are joining their fight.
“I don’t think this should be an issue,” neighbor Charles Minton, who’s already put some penguins and a large Merry Christmas ornament in his front yard, said. “These are the holidays. This is what we do.”
Despite the notice, the couple said they’re not removing their Christmas decor.
“We’re not going to do it,” Nick said. “It’s the Christmas spirit. We’re not going to be forced by the HOA to take it down.”