Perfect Response to Judgy Neighbors: MOAR Dragons!

Perfect Response to Judgy Neighbors: MOAR Dragons!

Perfect Response to Judgy Neighbors: MOAR Dragons!

You know, I always thought the holidays – whatever ones you happen to celebrate – were supposed to be a time of joy, generosity, and love. I adore looking at Christmas lights and my neighbors’ decorations, which range from traditional, to whimsical, to plain ole hilarious! A lady named Diana Rowland’s Christmas decorations to me fall under the “whimsical” category – dragons gathered around a little snow creature.

Apparently, some judgy neighbor didn’t appreciate Ms. Rowland’s artistic sense and taste in decorating her own property and decided to issue a passive-aggressive notice to “educate” Ms. Rowland, appointing him or herself the arbiter of the “true” meaning of Christmas.

Courtesy of @dianarowland Twitter feed

Ooof! Where to start with this one?

When my kids were little, they loved Halloween! It wasn’t just the candy. They loved the decorations, they loved the costumes, they loved the hours they spent with their friends, going from house to house and laughing. It was a time of innocence and fun for them – a time spent with friends being creative and chomping on chocolate bars.

One year, when we were outside decorating the house together, a neighbor we had not met before stopped by. We were still relatively new to the neighborhood, and I had not seen this individual around. He haughtily handed me a blue piece of paper folded in half and explained that we should come to the church services being held at his church that evening.

After he walked away, I read the paper he gave me. It explained how Halloween is the holiday of the devil, and if were celebrating it, we were going to hell. The last portion invited us to church services in lieu of celebrating this “evil” holiday.

Seems like some people, in their zeal to spread the word about their faith, have no problem ruining others’ fun, being jerks, and spreading toxicity instead of love. Instead of focusing on the joy their faith ostensibly brings them, they prefer to take a large, steaming dump on others.

“You’re going to burn in hell for finding joy in decorations, candy, and camaraderie. Come to our church to find out why!”

Great message there, peeps! Adorable! Do you get a lot of converts that way?

And yes, before anyone lectures me on Halloween, I am well familiar with its origins.

Getting back to the dragons, at least the snotty busybody in my old neighborhood had the testicular fortitude to engage with me in person. Judgy McJudgerson neighbor in Ms. Rowland’s Louisiana neighborhood apparently had no such courage.

Instead of celebrating the birth of her savior with kindness, spreading the word about God’s love, and exhibiting generosity of spirit, McJudgerson decided to insolently denigrate Ms. Rowland’s joy and creativity, demeaning her as a possible demonic cult worshiper and then adding the passive-aggressive “May God bless you” at the end.

Luckily, Diana Rowland doesn’t seem to get easily offended. Instead of getting outraged, the former cop and former morgue tech did what any fun-loving neighbor would do to allay the concerns of McJudgerson and the ostensibly other neighbors McJudgerson claims wonder about Rowland’s demonic affiliations:


And in the spirit of Christmas, Ms. Rowland’s dragons are now sporting halos, transforming them into angels!

Kudos to Ms. Rowland’s indomitable spirit and sense of humor! Her Dragon army has caught the eye of the Internet. Criticisms of the uptight, Grinchly McJudgerson started pouring in, as folks on the Internet began asking if they could donate money to buy EVEN MOAR DRAGONS! Ms. Rowland, to her credit, showed what I believe to be the true spirit of Christmas, encouraging well-wishers to give to the charity of their choice instead.

It’s people like McJudgerson and my former neighbor who give religious folks a bad name – nosy. judgmental, supercilious, arrogant, and rude. I’m glad Ms. Rowland took on that cowardly, boring, passive-aggressive jerk with humor and kindness. Dragon revenge is a dish best served with color and joy of spirit, as well as a dash of rebellion!

Kudos to Ms. Rowland and her resplendently rebellious dragons and her joie de vivre!

All images courtesy of Diana Rowland’s Twitter feed.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

  • Merle says:

    Good job – fill your yard with dragons!!!


  • Sigh… I know that I’m going to be getting up at two AM tomorrow morning to write a Christmas Dragon story. I just know it…

  • Scott says:

    Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and go good with ketchup!

  • Beldar says:

    I very much hope one of your dragons is named Temeraire!

  • DJ says:

    Dragon Nativity, anyone?

  • Born Free says:

    Ms. Rowlands is a little weird, but her heart’s in the right place, and she defends her freedoms. That’s what makes America great.

  • Suburbanbanshee says:

    Actually, I once had a neighbor with a giant Nativity scene, kneeling Santa, and kneeling T-Rex.

    In one of the apocryphal Gospels, during the flight into Egypt, lions and dragons came out of the desert to pay homage to Baby/Toddler Jesus. Madeleine L’Engle did a picture book of it, IIRC.

    As I have posted elsewhere, Moses’ snake made from a staff that ate the other snakes from staves is described in Greek as a drakon, which is why Eastern Christian bishops often bear dragon staves instead of shepherd croziers. This drakon is a symbol of Jesus, Who destroyed death and defeats the evil Serpent.

    There are battling drakons in Mordecai’s dream in one of the Greek versions of Esther, which is where the battle imagery between the Welsh and Saxon dragons in the Welsh Merlin legends probably comes from.

    Lots more… drakons (ie, giant snakes) were fairly popular pets among some early Christian monks, and were a sign of the regeneration of humanity through Jesus, the New Adam.

  • Suburbanbanshee says:

    Oh, and unicorns (or maybe wild cattle, but it says unicorns in Greek) came out of the desert to pay Toddler Jesus homage also. Another fierce Biblical beast that can either hurt humans or be a helpful symbol of Christ.

    So if you have unicorns, they belong at the Nativity too!

  • Suburbanbanshee says:

    I looked it up, and the main source is Pseudo-Matthew, which has a lot of animals adoring Christ (with reference to Messianic prophecy). A big compendium of Christian legendry, and pretty goodhearted, even though not really a gospel.

  • Action Jackson is my name. Bold Adventure is my game. says:

    Let me offer a look at the other side of the coin.

    Mrs. AJ and I are selling our home of 27 years. We’re at an age where we are ready to downsize our yard care and spend more time traveling to our distant grandkids. And we live in a very small development with no HOA.

    The neighbor across the street is a doctor. Admittedly he stays busy with his work, but on his off time, he watches sports. Lots of sports. This is a way of saying that he is less than diligent in yard care. He tells us that he doesn’t want to hire a yard service (money isn’t a problem…he’s a doctor) because he enjoys mowing the lawn. But somehow his mower is always broken or something until his grass gets to be a foot tall.

    And his Christmas lights have been up since……wait for it…..2014. (Well, they’re sorta up. Half of them are hanging off of his eave.)

    He and his wife really go all out in decorating for Halloween. This year they put up skeletons and giant spiders all through out his creepy yard. After Thanksgiving, given that our home was newly on the market, we asked him if he would take down the Halloween decorations and keep his yard mowed. We phrased it to say that we’d been told by real estate professionals that his home’s appearance detracted from our home’s value, but that this was a two-way street. The more money we got for our home would reflect on his home’s value too.

    His response? He put a Santa hat on the skeleton and Christmas garland around the 8-foot spider on his front porch.

    In the story above, I can sorta see a Christmas theme. The dragons appear to be surrounding an egg, so maybe its supposed to be a Dragon Nativity Scene. Dragons wouldn’t be my first choice in Christmas decorations, but if my name was “Rowland”…which is close enough to “Rowling”… maybe I’d go all out with the Harry Potter stuff.

    You have every right to call me “judgy” when I complain about my neighbor’s garland-draped spider, but I have the right to say that he’s being petty.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      So, AJ – i think your case is a bit different than this woman’s. There was a practical, financial reason behind your request. You made the request in person (I assume) and didn’t lecture your doctor on the meaning of Christmas.

      The two situations are different.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      I do like the Harry Potter idea. 🙂

  • BZZZzzz... says:

    The Lord uses the good ones…the bad ones use the Lord.

  • Timothy says:

    I’d have put “Santa” hats on them all or arranged them as a nativity creche with a baby dragon laying in a manager.

  • Bill Cook says:

    The neighbor left out “Bless your heart.”

  • Brian Brandt says:

    It doesn’t do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. – – J.R.R Tolkien

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