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Woman asked to take down Christmas lights to avoid offending neighbors

A housing association employee in the UK has asked a British woman to remove her outside Christmas lights because, hold on to your hats, they might be “offensive to the community” !

Dorothy Glenn goes through great trouble every year to make her house as festive as possible.

Apart from Christmas lights the outside decorations include a wonderful Christmas tree as well as a 4 feet Santa Claus.

“I put the lights up in the first week of November and then recently a uniformed housing worker was outside, and it looked like he was counting my decorations.

When I went outside he said that the lights were ‘offensive to the community’. If I was offending anyone I could understand why he was telling me, but nobody has complained.

My neighbours are Bengali and Chinese and I know that they love the lights, the children will always point them out when they walk past.

I told him that I am far from a racist and that I wouldn’t be taking the lights down. I’m shocked, annoyed and upset. At the end of the day, it’s the festive season and they’re staying.”

Faced with the onslaught of international press coverage of the faux pas both the town and the association have made their apologies and stress that there’s no applicable policy even.

“Every year this woman puts her Christmas lights up and I know how popular they are. It’s great when people make an effort to decorate their houses.

It’s this kind of nonsense that sets race relations back 20 years. That woman did nothing more than decorate her house to celebrate Christmas.

We would like to make it clear that South Tyneside Homes is happy for residents to put up Christmas lights to decorate their homes.

Christmas lights bring a bit of festive cheer to everybody and we are delighted to see examples of tenants and leaseholders across the borough taking so much pride in the appearance of their homes.”
South Tyneside Council

Donated Christmas Lights “Too Dangerous”

The English town of West by Fleet has bitten without Christmas light since 2002. But this year’s things would be different. The walking borrow counsel last week pulled down that it has spare Christmas lights that it wants to donate.

But close inspection shows that the Christmas lights are “too dangerous” to install. The town’s business Association can have them, but would have to pay for their “repair”.

We do have some Christmas lights, which are surplus to our requirements.

“We would be very happy to donate them to the West Byfleet Business Association at no cost, provided it can ensure that they meet safety standards.

The town businessman has now taken it upon themselves to light up the city themselves. They have received what they call an acceptable quote from a contractor that wants to sell the lights and install them.

The Christmas lights will cost a little over US$2000. Installing them will be whopping $5000.

The lights should last for seven or eight years so they will get a good run. Hopefully, from now on we can build on the lights we have, year on year.

We are looking for people or businesses to sponsor the lights. There are three or four in the pipeline so hopefully people will come forward. All the local council representatives have been very good, which is positive. We are grateful for the support they have given us.

If all goes to plan, we could see the lights up by the start of next month so now we are just waiting to see. It will be a boost for the businesses in the village to have the lights.

Christmas Lights Planner

Christmas Lights Planner lets the family join in the fun of designing a Christmas light display for your home.

Load a digital image, shot in the daytime, of your house onto a PC.

Open Christmas Lights Planner and the image of your home.

When your home is visible on the screen, a computerized image of a front door will appear.

Size the computerized door according to your front door to get the exact dimensions to start designing with lights — every type of light imaginable is included, along with decorations.

Once your creative masterpiece is completed, print out a shopping list that includes an estimated number of lights and decorations needed. Software program supports all sorts of lighting including energy-efficient LED lights.

See Christmas Lights Planner