LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — You might call it a Christmas lights controversy. However, the Christmas lights will stay on for a family in Lynchburg despite a neighbor’s complaint that the lights are too disruptive.
Jason Brown has been putting up lights in his front yard on Old Boonsboro Road for 15 years. It’s become a tradition that most of the community enjoys every holiday season.
“I’ve had people even stop by the house that I don’t even know knock on the door and say ‘hey, we want you to know that we love the lights.’ People who live back in the neighborhood here say ‘We love the lights, we love it, I’ve been coming for years, I’ve watched my kids grow up watching them and looking at ’em, now they’re my grandkids,'” Brown said. “So it’s become traditions for other families.”
One neighbor, though, filed a complaint about the display and sent a letter to Brown through his attorney, threatening to take legal action, even though this year’s light display is smaller than in years past.
“I don’t want to cause trouble, I don’t want to make someone upset,” Brown said. “At the same time, it’s not that big of a display.”
Brown started a petition to keep the lights on and more than 8,500 people have signed it as of Wednesday, Dec. 16. The support has resulted in the neighbor deciding not to pursue legal action for now.
Meanwhile, Brown wants those who do visit his light display to be mindful and considerate of his neighbors, even those who don’t appreciate his holiday gesture.
“People are seeking some type of way to have a joyous holiday season,” Brown said. “Every year they are but this year seems obviously a bit apropos considering the scenarios we all have.”
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