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Ask Curbed SF: Holiday Headache in the Hood

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Ah, the holidaze. Plans are hatched, pies ordered, liquor guzzled. Pig pile in Union Square! We want a pony. Our reader, however, just wants to get along:

Dear Curbed SF— Remember that movie "Christmas Vacation," where the power is blown out along the entire block due to one man's obsession with holiday decor? Well, I have that neighbor. Thanksgiving hasn't even arrived and already my migraines are being triggered by flashing lights placed oh-so-strategically next to my bedroom window. Listen, I don't want to be a jerk: this guy isn't a bad person, he's just campy as hell. How to deal without coming off as a total Grinch? I love the holidays, too— but goddamn! (PS: no name or neighborhood here— don't want to risk an all-out war) This is a tough one, folks. What to do when you love your neighbors, but just can't cope with their holiday zeal?

[Macy's gone over-the-top. Image courtesy Flickr user shyamster]