You know the phrase, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” It’s something you learn in kindergarten, but some pretty good advice that should stick with you through adulthood.
However, some adults aren’t very good at keeping their mouths shut. Wait until you hear this story!
Every year, a woman named Diana Rowland sets up inflatable dragons in her front yard in Louisiana for Halloween. The dragons range in colors from red and black to purple and blue to red and green.
It’s simply her way of being unique when everyone else has pumpkins out on their stoops. She always got tons of compliments on them, so she figured, hey, why not leave them up for Christmas too?
In the last few years, she decided the dragons could get more use with two holidays by simply adding a Santa hat and some more sparkly decorations around them. Boom: Christmas!
Well one of her neighbors didn’t take this very well. The neighbor sent Diana a note that stated:
“Your dragon display is only marginally acceptable at Halloween. It is totally inappropriate at Christmas. It makes your neighbors wonder if you are involved in a demonic cult.”
She then asked her politely (she did say “please”) to take the dragons down, and also added, “May God bless you and help you to know the true meaning of Christmas.”
The note wasn’t signed.
Instead of getting offended, Diana only laughed when she read the note.
“I did consider removing them for about a nanosecond, and then went, ‘Nope,’” she said.
So she didn’t take them down. What she did? Was add two more dragons to her display—with halos on their heads!
“In the spirit of neighborhood harmony, I have placed halos on the dragons. They are now angels. Ezekial 1:1-28. I’ll fight anyone who says different,” she posted on Twitter to keep her fans updated (she had already gained so much attention from initially posting the note!).
“It’s got more reactions than I ever expected,” she said. “I think this obviously resonated with a lot of people. I think there are a lot of people who have experiences with bad neighbors.”
One of the most common responses Diana has gotten was people offering to buy more dragons to keep the feud going. But Diana had two good points to say about this:
1. She asked people to take that money they offered to buy dragons and instead donate it to a charity of their choice. “I make a good living. I can buy my own dragons,” she said. “Let’s make this holiday season about joy and charity for all.”
2. She didn’t think the neighbor deserved to be completely messed with. “There’s a line between getting back at a jerky neighbor and being a jerky neighbor,” Diana said. “Stand your ground, but don’t be an a**hole,” Rowland said.
She also added these lovely words: “I think [the person who sent the note] misses the point about what Christmas is. Christmas is about joy. That’s what it boils down to.”
What do you think about Diana’s dragon display? Do you think the neighbor crossed a line asking her to take them down or do they not belong up for Christmas?