Holiday

Rude Neighbor Calls Woman’s Christmas Display ‘Demonic,’ So She Comes Up With Perfect Response

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

A Louisiana woman received a judgmental note from her neighbor after she put up a dragon display for Christmas.

Instead of taking the dragons down as requested, she decided to add a few more. Now, she’s being hailed as a hero.

Diana Rowland of South Louisiana originally received the dragons as a gift from her husband, The Washington Post reports. She first put them up for Halloween four years ago, and they were a huge success. So she transformed them into Christmas dragons and put them up again. What are the holidays for, if not outrageous yard displays?!

This year, though, one anonymous neighbor sent Diana an angry note about the dragon display.

“YOUR DRAGON DISPLAY IS ONLY MARGINALLY ACCEPTABLE AT HALLOWEEN,” the note began. “IT IS TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE AT CHRISTMAS. IT MAKES YOUR NEIGHBORS WONDER IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A DEMONIC CULT.”

The neighbor then asked Diana to take the dragons down. Spoiler: she didn’t listen. Instead, she added two more dragons, for a current total of five.

With thousands of retweets and likes, Diana’s story is clearly striking a chord.

Christmastime means all sorts of dramatic, colorful displays.

And in the case of one South Louisiana author, it means three giant, light-up dragons on the front lawn.

Diana Rowland writes “books about cops, morgues, demons and zombies,” according to her Twitter bio. So it’s not entirely surprising that a dragon display is right up her alley. (Also, who doesn’t love dragons?)

But Diana’s neighbors were not on board. One anonymous neighbor wrote her an angry, all-caps letter about how dragons are “TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE AT CHRISTMAS.”

“IT MAKES YOUR NEIGHBORS WONDER IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A DEMONIC CULT,” the note continued. “PLEASE CONSIDER REMOVING THE DRAGONS.”

Perhaps most confusingly, the note mentioned that dragons are “ONLY MARGINALLY ACCEPTABLE AT HALLOWEEN,” which seems unreasonable.

Diana posted the strange note to Twitter, where many users encouraged her to consider adding more dragons to her display rather than comply with her neighbor’s request.

And Diana was 100% on board with that idea.

The next day, she posted an updated photo of her front lawn.

It now has five giant dragons.

Yessss!

“Adding more dragons is the best solution to most any problem,” one user replied.

Sounds about right to me.

Judgmental neighbors aside, countless social media users are giving Diana an enormous pat on the back for her dragon display rebellion.

Her follow-up tweet has received over 118,000 likes, and she’s now made headlines around the world.

Many people have even offered to fundraise money for more dragons for Diana.

Others pointed out the nonsensical logic of the judgmental neighbor’s note.

 

And several people revealed that they, too, have erected a giant dragon as part of their Christmas display.

 

“I think I can safely say that this has been the strangest week of my entire life,” Diana tweeted yesterday.

“Apparently this resonated with a lot of people, having a weird, judgy neighbor,” Diana told The Washington Post. “Everyone has that story of the crazy neighbor or the pushy neighbor, the one who sends passive-aggressive notes about where you should put your garbage. And yes, now I have stood up to that person.”

But she says she doesn’t plan to add any additional dragons to her lawn.

“There’s a fine line between standing up to a jerky neighbor and becoming a jerky neighbor,” Diana said. “I think five dragons are enough.”