A South Lousiana resident, Diana Rowland, was greeted with an unlikely surprise when her neighbor criticized her choice of Christmas decorations.
Rowland set up inflatable dragons she had for Halloween and decorated them in Santa hats.
“At first, we took it down after Halloween, but then we thought, ‘Why not?’ and put it back up for Christmas, with a Santa hat and sparkly decorations — everyone loved the dragon,” she told Buzzfeed News.
However, a neighbor left her a note saying dragons were not in the Christmas spirit and asked her to remove them.
Our dragon holiday display got fan mail! (And apparently the “true meaning of Christmas” involves judgmental bullshit?) 😂 pic.twitter.com/7NLZKkEW2x
— Diana Rowland (@dianarowland) December 15, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
“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. God Bless you and help you to learn the true meaning of Christmas,” the note read.
Rowland said the note did not bother her.
“I chortled, and then ran to my daughter and said, ‘Look at this, we got hate mail!’” she said. “I did consider removing them for about a nanosecond, and then went, ‘Nope,’” she said.
“I think [the person who sent the note] misses the point about what Christmas is,” Rowland said. “Christmas is about joy. That’s what it boils down to. If you’re a Christian, you’re feeling joy about the birth of Christ. We should all be looking for things to be joyful about.”
Some people have offered to help her buy more inflatable dragons, but she insisted that people spend their money giving to charity and spreading joy.
Hi, everyone! I’ve been getting a lot of messages about fundraisers/collections to buy me MORE DRAGONS, but I would much rather any Dragon Army money be donated to a worthy charity of your choice. Let’s make this holiday season about joy and charity for all. Thanks!!
— Diana Rowland (@dianarowland) December 16, 2018