Family fights back after being told to take down Christmas decorations: 'We're not going to do it'

A Texas family does not plan to remove their Christmas decorations, despite orders from their HOA. (Photo: WOAI)
A Texas family does not plan to remove their Christmas decorations, despite orders from their homeowner's association. (Photo: WOAI)

A family in Texas was left perplexed after they received a letter from their homeowner's association, ordering them to remove their holiday decorations. According to Diamond Association Management & Consulting (DAMC), it is too soon to have a snowman on display.

While San Antonio typically gets just trace amounts of snow each winter, the Simonis family still proudly displays a large inflatable snowman on their front yard in their Lakeside at Canyon Springs subdivision, along with a number of other Christmas decorations, including a helicopter from the North Pole which features Santa Claus just barely hanging on while a reindeer mans the controls.

The festive decorations have been up since Nov. 1; however, DAMC is ordering them to be taken down by Nov. 14, according to a letter Nick and Claudia Simonis received.

“Maintenance – Holiday Decorations Need To Be Removed,” the notice, sent to the family on Nov. 4, read. Underneath "inspector notes," DAMC requested the family to "please remove the snowman until closer to the holiday season."

The DAMC reportedly did not define what "closer to the holiday season" meant.

"I just found it crazy," Claudia told WOIA. "Especially that they didn’t give us a time. Like, when is the right time to put it?"

“I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a first,’” Nick said. “I was angry, because there’s a reason why we’re doing it.”

Claudia told NBC that she and her family have lived in the subdivision for four years, but they have never received a letter like this before.

The reason for the early decorations, beyond just a love for the holidays, is that Claudia is currently eight months pregnant, and her due date is Dec. 25. With a baby expected so close to the holidays, the couple wanted to ensure that their 7- and 3-year-old sons would be able to enjoy the decorations.

"I feel kind of heavy, so the earlier we can put out the decorations, the better," Claudia told WOIA. "Because probably in two more weeks, I'm not going to be able to build all this."

Nick and Claudia told the station that they would not be taking the decorations down.

"We’re not going to do it. It's the Christmas spirit. We're not going to be forced by the HOA to take it down," Nick said.

Now, neighbors in the family's subdivision are also coming to the family's defense.

"I think [the decorations] are great. I think they're very tasteful," neighbor Charles Minton said.

"You're going to see in a couple days, everybody will have decorations up," Nick said.

According to NBC, other neighbors have joined in, with one putting up a 12-inch snowman in their yard and another putting up their Christmas lights.

Minton, for one, already has some penguins on display, as well as a large ornament that reads, "Merry Christmas."

"I don't think this should be an issue," Minton said. "These are the holidays. This is what we do. We take care of our neighbors. That's what a neighborhood is about."

DAMC's notice states that homeowners must remove their holiday decorations within 10 days after the holiday ends. Still, there is no guideline regarding when residents can put up their decorations for a different holiday.

"We always abide by the rules and regulations. So, when we see it in black and white, there's no problem. But if it's not in black and white. Who's to say what's what?" Minton told WOIA.

DAMC and Nick and Claudia Simonis did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.

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