A father has gone to war with neighbours who branded his Christmas lights ‘tacky’ in a poison pen letter – by putting up MORE lights and a 6ft inflatable elf brandishing a copy of the mean missive.
Billy Morgan, 38, decorated his family front garden in Somerset with £220-worth of twinkling icicle lights, an inflatable Santa, inflatable snowman and three projectors that give the illusion the house is covered in swirling snow on Sunday December 1.
But two days later a hand-written letter, claiming to be from a group of neighbours, blasted the ‘tacky, attention-seeking’ lights and urged him to ‘tone it down’.
Baffled postman Mr Morgan laughed when he discovered the note lying on the floor by the letterbox but claims the Scrooge scribbler had scarpered by the time he looked out of the window.
Instead of following the note writer’s advice, Mr Morgan decided to add to his Christmassy collection, snapping up more lights, a 6ft inflatable elf and a box of candy canes for passersby to tuck into.
Homes in Somerset on Mr Morgan’s street are worth anything from £100,000 upwards. A three-bedroom terraced house listed in the area would be at least £173,000, according to Rightmove.
Billy Morgan, 38, decorated the outside of his home with £220-worth of twinkling icicle lights, an inflatable Santa, an inflatable snowman and three projectors to give the illusion the property is covered in swirling snow on Sunday December 1.
Two days after Mr Morgna’s festive lights went up, a neighbour put a note through his door complaining his display was ‘tacky’. In response, he printed an A3 copy of the letter, laminated it and stuc k it onto a newly-installed 6ft elf outside his property.
The 38-year-old dad-of-four even blew up the note to A3 size, laminated it and attached it to the newly-installed elf so everyone could see what had been sent to him.
Mr Morgan said: “Whoever wrote that note obviously doesn’t know my mentality.
“If you put a note like that through my door I’m going to go big or go home, so I decided to get more.”
The postman said that Christmas is meant to be tacky, bright and colourful and is for kids to have fun.
He said it was worth the effort to see the kids’ faces after putting up all the lights.
“Writing and posting a note through my door like that is a real Scrooge thing to do, it’s not in the spirit of Christmas at all,” Mr Morgan added.
The note, written in block capitals, reads: “Polite request. Myself & other neighbours I have spoken with feel as though your attention seeking ‘Christmas’ display is just far too much, it’s on the verge of tacky.
“All about the Christmas spirit but please tone it down.
Macy Morgan, 5,is pictured with her father’s new 6ft elf holding an A3 copy of the note pushed through her front door. Her father added the festive character in response to their neighbours branding his display ‘tacky’.
As part of his initial Christmas decorations, multi-coloured snowflakes twinkled from the upstairs windows and even the drainpipe got a festive makeover.
After a full day’s work putting up the Christmas tree and transforming the front garden into a winter wonderland, Mr Morgan admired his handiwork as his youngest, five-year-old Macy Morgan, danced and sang with delight.
But Mr Morgan noticed the hand-written note lying behind his front door at 5.30pm on Tuesday December 3 after hearing the letterbox rattle.
By the time he’d hot-footed it to the window, the mystery note writer had vanished.
In response, the father-of-four decided to stock up on £53-worth of extra items from B&M to ensure the disgruntled ‘neighbours’ had something else to grumble about as they walked by.
Mr Morgan had no idea who it was at first, then when he read the letter, he laughed and decided to buy even more.
Originally, there was only one set of icicle lights on the wall outside, but the day after the note, the family decided to put another up.
They bought a 6ft inflatable elf and put it at the front gate with a box of candy canes for anyone to help themselves.
Mr Morgan decided to blow the letter up to A3 size and laminate it, so it’ll last in the weather, and stick it on the elf so people walking past could see what they received.
Although it wasn’t cheap for the postman to get the extra decorations, he was happy to shell out as he’d done lots of overtime in the last couple of weeks.
The father-of-four shared pictures of his spruced-up terraced home on social media to show pals, and wrote: “So photo one is a picture of our house decorated that my five-year-old daughter loves.
“Photo two is a copy of a note that someone thought was ok to post through my door, which I had blown up to A3 and laminated and bought an inflatable 6ft elf to display said note.
“As a message to anyone that has the balls to accuse my display of only being on the verge of tacky, I’m actually all for tacky Christmas lights and all the trimmings.
“So if any wants to see my tacky display I will be putting a box of candy canes in front of the elf to spread some much-needed tacky Christmas joy.
“No Ebeneezers allowed.”
Comments were shocked at the mysterious note-writer’s lack of Christmas spirit. Mr Morgan plans on spending more money on lights next year
Commenters were stunned at the note-writer’s apparent lack of festive spirit.
Frank Collins wrote: “Keep up the good work Billy hope you keep adding to your Xmas joy and spreading happiness and joy to all your neighbours and friends and a Happy Christmas to you and your family.”
Nicki Berridge commented: “Blimey, what a miserable neighbourhood you live in Bill!
“Next year double up on the “tackyness” then play Xmas music out the bedroom window on a loop!”
Mr Morgan hopes that whoever is behind the letter can find the joy of Christmas before December 25.
He said its certainly not put him off buying more lights for next year.
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