Not all holiday decorations have to be the same. Some people might like lights around trees, nativity scenes, or reindeer frolicking with snowmen. Others might prefer a fleet of 10-foot-tall inflatable dragons. Author Diana Rowland is a fan of the latter, but her neighbors don't take too kindly to her unique yuletide tastes.
On December 14, Rowland tweeted a picture of a rude note her neighbors sent regarding her collection of holiday dragons:
Our dragon holiday display got fan mail! (And apparently the "true meaning of Christmas" involves judgmental bullsh… https://t.co/jSUYEVuCb6— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544832773.0
Here are the dragons that have caused so much trouble...
...and here's the note in which the neighbors wonder if Rowland is "involved in a demonic cult."
The note reads in shoutycaps:
------- NEIGHBOR, YOUR DRAGON DISPLAY IS ONLY MARGINALLY ACCEPTABLE AT HALLOWEEN. IT IS TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE AT CHRISTMAS. IT MAKES YOUR NEIGHBORS WONDER IF YOU ARE INVOLVE DIN A DEMONIC CULT. PLEASE CONSIDER REMOVING THE DRAGONS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND HELP YOU TO KNOW THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
Rowland had the perfect response!
I'm also rather baffled as to how the dragons are only marginally acceptable at Halloween. I guess they think I need MORE dragons??— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544832843.0
@MykeCole I literally just ordered another one for pickup tomorrow.— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544833170.0
Twitter users were not big fans of Rowland's neighbors.
@dianarowland People who send notes like this are probably rude to retail workers during the holidays too.— MousieCore (@MousieCore)1544955731.0
@dianarowland @mikesbloggity My dragon approves of your dragon. https://t.co/n7zEF7VFxk— Unicorns Save Lives (@Unicorns Save Lives)1544927185.0
@dianarowland Please put them up for every holiday. Valentines, st pats, cinco de Mayo, Easter, Arbor Day....— carly18 (@carly18)1544942063.0
@dianarowland @Popehat I think the problem your neighbor has with the display is that you have three wise dragons,… https://t.co/Km4WBbvUbu— Joe Cooper (@Joe Cooper)1544973184.0
Though she'd done nothing wrong, Rowland decided to take the high road and give her dragons a little more holiday spirit!
On top of that, she added a couple more dragons to the display, rounding out her fire-breathing brood at five.
Some Twitter users wanted to start a GoFundMe campaign for Rowland so she could buy even more dragons:
@MykeCole @AustinAni TBH, I'm flush enough at the moment to afford my own dragons (and if I get another nastygram I… https://t.co/T6lr7VdPmg— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544991730.0
Hi, everyone! I've been getting a lot of messages about fundraisers/collections to buy me MORE DRAGONS, but I would… https://t.co/u3IxvoqUKj— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544974382.0
To clarify. Please don't send me money. :-)— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544975182.0
For Rowland, it's not about the money. It's about the dragons.
Awesome! #sharethehoard https://t.co/w9CWb0T7fS— Diana Rowland (@Diana Rowland)1544996002.0
Fans online seemed to love the dragons just as much as they hated Rowland's neighbors.
@dianarowland Lol. “I am not in a demonic cult. I am in a dragon cult. Learn your cults, god bless.”— Little Mur Writes A New Spacey Murdery Thing (@Little Mur Writes A New Spacey Murdery Thing)1544925384.0
@dianarowland @K_Burkhardt Send 'em pentagram sugar cookies with Christmasy colors! XD— BlindCleric (he/him) (@BlindCleric (he/him))1544986099.0
@dianarowland That neighbor is “marginally acceptable” year-round. My dragon tattoo approves your response (more dragons).— J. R. Hampton (@J. R. Hampton)1544946781.0
@dianarowland “The true meaning of Christmas”? Like loving your neighbour?— Jane (@Jane)1544964156.0
@dianarowland I am officially adopting the dragon as a Christmas symbol of good will thanks to this saga— Casey (@Casey)1545007556.0
@dianarowland This is the exact response that was appropriate. Love your dragons, Merry Christmas and Happy Solstice.— Moxie North (@Moxie North)1544983564.0
Keep reppin' those dragons, Diana! They may just be the true reason for the season.
@dianarowland More dragons is the only acceptable response to this letter 😂😂— A Like Too Far 🐓🌉👩🏻🏫✡️ (@A Like Too Far 🐓🌉👩🏻🏫✡️)1544960890.0