Tis the season for revenge!
A Louisiana fantasy writer has gone viral for her feud with her neighbor over her dragon nativity scene decorations on her front lawn.
Last week Diana Rowland, of Mandeville, received a nasty note from a disgruntled neighbor who called her inflatable dragons wearing Santa hats and holding Christmas presents ‘inappropriate’.
The neighbor left a harsh anonymous note on her doorstep asking her to take the festive display down saying ‘it makes your neighbors wonder if you are involved in a demonic cult’.
Tis the season! Rowland has five Christmas-themed dragons on her front lawn
Rowland has set up her inflatable dragon ‘nativity scene’ on her front lawn for Halloween and Christmas for years. For the holiday season she gives the dragons santa hats and poses them with presents
Last week she received a nasty note from a fed-up neighbor who called the decorations ‘inappropriate’ adding ‘it makes your neighbors wonder if you are involved in a demonic cult’
‘Your dragon display is only marginally acceptable at Halloween. It is totally inappropriate at Christmas…May God bless you and help you to know the true meaning of Christmas,’ the anonymous letter said.
But Rowland says that her dragon decorations have been a hit at Christmas for the past four years, and passersby often stop to take photos of her unique set-up.
And she wasn’t going to stop on account of one angry neighbor.
Louisiana woman Diana Rowland got into a fued with a neighbor over her inflatable dragon Christmas decorations
‘I chortled, and then ran to my daughter and said, “Look at this, we got hate mail!” I did consider removing them for about a nanosecond, and then went, “Nope,”‘ Rowland said to Buzzfeed.
So she posted the rude letter on Twitter writing: ‘Our dragon holiday display got fan mail! (And apparently the “true meaning of Christmas” involved judgemental bulls***?)’
In retaliation, she added two more dragons to her front lawn and halos to their heads to make them angels.
She hilariously posted a pic of her new additions on Facebook and cited Ezekiel 1:1-28 in the Bible, which details the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of dragon-like creatures with wings.
‘An update to yesterday’s tweet re the letter I received from an anonymous, judgy-mcjudgyface neighbor who disapproved of my dragon display and asked me to consider removing them: I have added more dragons,’ she tweeted on Saturday.
Her tweets about the hilarious feud with her neighbor instantly went viral on Twitter racking up 105,000 likes.
‘It’s got more reactions than I ever expected. I think this obviously resonated with a lot of people. I think there are a lot of people who have experiences with bad neighbors,’ she said.
Rowland shared the note on Twitter where it instantly went viral and in retaliation she added two blow-up dragons to her front lawn display
Rowland vented about the rude neighbor on Twitter, offended by the comment that said: ‘Your dragon display is only marginally acceptable at Halloween. It is totally inappropriate at Christmas’
Sweet revenge: Instead of obliging to the neighbor’s request, she added two more inflatable dragons instead
She also added halos to the dragons’ heads to make them angels and cited a Bible passage of a prophet’s vision of dragon-like creatures
‘I think [the person who sent the note] misses the point about what Christmas is. Christmas is about joy. That’s what it boils down to,’ she said, adding she’s refusing donations for her to buy more dragons, saying the money is better off sent to charity
Fans even asked to if they could fundraise money or send cash so she could buy even more dragons to add to her collection.
She politely declined on Sunday saying ‘I would much rather any Dragon Army money be donated to a worthy charity of your choice! Let’s make this holiday season about joy and charity for all’.
One fan generously donated money to fostering abandoned penguin chicks in South Africa.
‘I make a good living. I can buy my own dragons,’ she said.
She added: ‘There’s a line between getting back at a jerky neighbor and being a jerky neighbor. Stand your ground, but don’t be an a**hole.’
‘I think [the person who sent the note] misses the point about what Christmas is. Christmas is about joy. That’s what it boils down to. If you’re a Christian, you’re feeling joy about the birth of Christ. We should all be looking for things to be joyful about,’ she said.