Festive family told to take down Christmas decorations because it's too early


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WTHR) — A Texas family is feeling the spirit of the Grinch after their homeowners association told them it's too early for Christmas decorations.

The Simonis family got into the Christmas spirit early and had their decorations up Nov. 1. There was a snowman, some reindeer and a Santa hanging from a helicopter, according to WOAI. But on Nov. 4, the HOA sent the family a letter, telling them the decorations were a violation.

The letter told the family their holiday decorations needed to be removed, and put back up "closer to the holiday season."

"I feel kind of heavy, so the earlier we can put out the decorations, the better," Claudia Simonis said. She's 8 months pregnant. "Probably in two more weeks, I'm not going to be able to build all this."

The family said the letter didn't specify exactly when an acceptable date was to put them up.

"I just found it crazy," Claudia said. "It's the Christmas spirit. We're not going to be forced by the HOA to take it down."

Their neighbors agree, and some are joining in solidarity.

"I don't think this should be an issue," neighbor Charles Minton said. He's already put some penguins and a Merry Christmas ornament in his front yard.

The HOA rules specify decorations need to be taken down within 10 days of the holiday, but the time to put them up is unclear.

"When we see it in black and white, there's no problem," Minton said.