Quick Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

Dec 8, 2014

To ensure that residents enjoy the holiday season, adopt a decorations policy that makes sense.

Use the following ideas to develop a holiday decoration policy that works best for your community.

  • Avoid bans on holiday decorations—most courts will consider them unreasonable.
  • Before enacting restrictions on holiday decorations, survey the community or hold a public meeting to learn what residents think about them.
  • Set time limits—allow holiday decorations, for example, from Thanksgiving through early January.
  • To avoid the risk of fire, ask residents not to overload circuits with holiday lights.
  • Require lights that are rated for outdoor use, with no exposed wiring, and ask that lights be turned off by a certain hour, such as 10 or 11 p.m.
  • Remind residents of these safety requirements in the association newsletter and on the website.
  • Form a committee to decorate common areas. If necessary, residents can donate lights and decorations.
  • Sponsor holiday decorating contests and offer prizes or recognition, which can build community bonds and community spirit.
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