Everyone is gearing up for Christmas with holiday parties, house decorations, and Christmas trees. At night, my city looks pretty spectacular with its festive lights. And mostly everyone is in the holiday spirit.
Unfortunately, Christmas also brings out the entitled Scrooges.
People demand you tell them “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays,” people debate about whether or not you should have a Christmas tree and whether or not Santa is white. The bickering kinda destroys the joy of the holidays, no?
In my area, a family well-known for their highly-decorated Christmas-themed house received a formal traffic congestion complaint from an anonymous neighbor, brought to them by the police. This house gets a lot of traffic and is located in a residential neighborhood.
The anonymous neighbor was called a “Scrooge.”
Now, to be fair, the family in question has put up their 130,000 lights for many years. And their house looks pretty cool.
But I can’t stand the entitled attitudes of those visiting the house. They don’t even live in the neighborhood and they are saying: “My family enjoyed seeing the lights. This is a good thing for the community, therefore suck it up or move somewhere else.”
Perhaps it’s because I can imagine coming home from a long day at work after being stuck in traffic on the highway only to be stuck in traffic on your house’s street. So close to your driveway, yet so far away.
My question is: who’s really the entitled Scrooge here?
The idea that people want the complainant to suck it up for the greater good or move is unnerving. Should one house be able to disrupt the rest of the neighborhood simply because it’s Christmas? I can’t imagine on any other day it being OK to jam up a neighborhood street for a party. Christmas is no exception.
It’s not a simple solution to tell someone to just move or deal with it. The family will continue to light up their house each holiday season and they will always have tons of visitors. The street will continue to be clogged with traffic until the end of the year.
But I think the golden rule is applicable here. Yes, enjoy the sights, but not at the cost of others—you wouldn’t like it done to you on any other day.