The Moffa family, from Florida, in the US, had to get decorations installed earlier than planned – but the local housing association have said they were put up too early
A family have been threatened with a $1,000 (£750) fine after putting their Christmas decorations too early.
The Moffa family from Westchase, Florida, in the US, decided to pay professionals to decorate their home this year, wanting to go with a sleeker, higher quality festive look.
But as the decorators were fully booked in the run-up to the festive season, the family had to get them installed a little earlier – having them put in on November 6.
Michael Moffa told Fox 13 : “We couldn’t get in on last year’s. We actually booked this year from last year. November 6 was the date that he had early so we did it.
“If you take a look at the lights, it’s not egregious, right? And when they are on they actually look pretty cool and the kids enjoy it and it puts a smile on their face.”
The home’s gutters have been lined with red and white lights and their trees covered in festive lights.
In the back of the house the family even have a Christmas polar beat and two Christmas trees.
But despite the family being delighted with the outcome, the Westchase Community Association have said the decorations have been put out to early.
On November 8 – just 48 hours after the festive display was put out – they received a letter from the housing association saying they had been put out too early.
It claimed that the Christmas decorations were not permitted until after Thanksgiving, and they would be fined $100 (£75) each day for the violation – up to $1,000 (£750).
The letter has enraged the local community, after Chelsea Moffa posted about it on Facebook.
She wrote: “We honestly never thought it would turn into what it has, but I’m grateful that it has because I feel like it has just brought everyone all over the country together.”
The post has even got the attention of Christmas queen Miriah Carey, who retweeted an article about the story writing, “there’s no regulating festiveness.”
A lawyer for the association said the notice was only issued when a neighbour complained about the lights.
They added that before the fine could be imposed, a vote must be held.
But the Moffas hope that they change the rules in time for next Christmas thanks to their story.
“I get that there are guidelines, but this is a little too extreme,” Michael Moffa added.