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Tis the season … to begin worrying about holiday decorations. Visions of oversized Santas, garish lights, religious symbols—and the anticipation (or memories) of the angry reactions these decorations can produce—send association managers and trustees perennially in search of aspirin and advice. You’re on your own for the aspirin, but we asked a couple of managers and an attorney to share their insights and ideas for ensuring that the holidays are marked by “good cheer” and not marred by unpleasant conflicts. Our takeaway, and yours, as well, we hope: Peace on earth probably isn’t within reach, but peace in your community may be.
Patricia Brawley, CMCA, AMS, PCAM,
Central Management & Consulting Services:
Holiday decorations have never been an issue for the associations she’s managed, Brawley says. Most have been “diverse” communities, in which owners generally weren’t concerned about how or if residents decorated their homes, even if the decorations were in doorways, in windows, or otherwise visible from the outside. Religious decorations invariably offend someone, but her communities have typically opted for seasonal rather than religious decorations, so “that’s been pretty much a moot point.”