Dear Crabby, Does My HOA Get a Say in My Christmas Display?

Dear Crabby, Recently, I moved into a new neighborhood and since we’ve had some pretty mild winter weather I decided to put up my outside decorations. I’m in the middle of trying to figure out what goes where when this guy saunters up and informs me that some of my decorations may not be Homeowners Association (HOA) approved. Does the HOA really have the right to dictate how I decorate? Thanks, Fred Frost Dear Fred Frost, I’m guessing you’ve never lived in an HOA-controlled area … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Many Christmas Lights are Too Many?

Dear Crabby, My family and I were in Downtown Rochester when they flipped the switch on The Big, Bright Light Show. And that got me wondering… is there such over a thing as too many Christmas lights? Thanks, Bill Luminous Dear Mr. Luminous, You pose an interesting question there, sir. While all those thousands of lights are pretty neat, there’s a difference between having that many lights on buildings and having that many lights on your house. It seems like nowadays, there’s a … [Read more...]

Christmas Memories Light Up Around Southeast Michigan

Different Christmas movies hold special meaning for each of us; usually because there is one defining moment that stands out. In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation that moment comes when Clark Griswold finally plugs in his lights, practically making his house visible from space. Since then, we've been completely fascinated by the twinkle of Christmas lights - lots of Christmas lights. People now spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars illuminating their homes. In some instances, whole … [Read more...]