Holiday Harmony An Etiquette Guide to Holiday Decorating

 Holidays are usually synonymous with good cheer, smiles, and a festive  atmosphere—but occasionally, they can be the cause of friction and ill will as well. When  people of various faiths and traditions all live in the same high-rise building  or HOA, rules and aesthetics for holiday decorating have to take into account  the whole community—not just those members who happen to be a part of the dominant culture. Good  boards and managers tread carefully and are mindful of their associations'  diverse residents when it comes to mapping out policy for holiday decorating in  common areas such as lobbies, garages, hallways and balconies.  

 In cooperative buildings and condominiums, intense conflicts often arise when it  comes to figuring out the level and aesthetics of holiday decorating in common  areas such as lobbies, garages, hallways and balconies.  

 When people of various religions all live in the same high-rise building or  community development, holiday decorating has to please everyone’s customs and traditions, which is a very difficult task.  

 In Illinois, there are no statewide rulings about how much is too much, how  religious is too religious and how long is too long to keep up those holiday  lights or decorations.  

 So it all must be decided and regulated by cooperative and condominium boards.  In an effort to keep everyone happy, many of the management companies suggest  that boards have formal decorating policies related to holiday décor.  


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