Grieving California Family Shamed for Not Putting up Christmas Decorations

December 31, 2017 Updated: January 1, 2018

A woman living in Vacaville, California, has been shamed with an anonymous letter for not decorating her house this Christmas season.

Lyndia Zarra’s family lives on Shady Glen Avenue, also known as “Lollipop Lane” during the holidays. The street became famous when the neighbors started coordinating with elaborate Christmas decorations and themes, according to KRON4.

Tens of thousands of people visit the street, and one parallel to it called “Candy Cane Lane,” every year during the holiday season.

Zarra said she received an anonymous letter from someone in the community this year, accusing the family of not having enough Christmas spirit, ABC News reported.

“To live on Lollipop Lane and Candy Cane Lane is an honor and a privilege,” the note, delivered to Zarra’s mailbox, reads. “It is completely unacceptable to not decorate a house for Christmas.”

“It is extremely disrespectful, rude and selfish to not decorate a house on these two special and unique streets for the holidays. And tens of thousands of people wish all the Scrooges would not destroy our cities traditions for their own selfish reasons,” it goes on.

It wasn’t a lack of spirit, however, that stopped the family from decorating this year, but a family tragedy.

Zarra said she didn’t put up decorations this year because she was grieving for her mother who passed away in October after battling stage-four liver cancer.

She was working on a Tinkerbell series of hand-painted lawn cutouts with her mother before her death, she said.

“She was helping make the decorations. It was her therapy to get through her battle with cancer,” Zarra told ABC News. “She got half of them done, but passed away and didn’t get to finish.”

Zarra said no one asked her in person why her house was bare before she received the letter.

“I couldn’t believe someone in the neighborhood would be so mean,” Zarra told ABC News.

“I have no hint as to who may have sent it,” she added. The note was signed, in part, “Everyone.”

For the past six years, since Zarra first moved into the area, she has put up Christmas displays.

She said next year she will pay tribute to her mother by putting up decorations again.

“I can’t let one mean person stop me from honoring my mother. Christmas was her favorite holiday,” Zarra told ABC News.

Another resident whose first name isKathy only, told KRON4 she was also shamed years ago for not decorating her home. Kathy lives across the street  from Zarra and told the network is tired of the pressure that Lollipop Lane creates. She said next year she doesn’t plan to decorate for Christmas.


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