Christmas Controversy

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The sounds of Christmas usually bring joy during the holiday season, but one neighborhood is calling it a distraction.

Christmas lights and music are two symbols of the holiday season, but the neighbors of a house in Marietta say it's gone a little too far.

"It's pretty much like whatever you're thinking about just stops because you can't pay attention to what you're thinking about. All you can concentrate on are these flashing lights and loud music," Aaron Reynolds, a neighbor, said.

But the two men who own the house say they're just trying to spread a little Christmas spirit.

"I personally enjoy the holidays. I love everything about it, especially decorating, and it frustrates me, to share it with other people in the neighborhood that anyone would have a problem with it and constantly be turning us into the law for it when we've been in full compliance with what the officers have told us," Ben Fair, an owner of the house, said.

And after five visits from the police, which resulted in only one warning, Keegan Hade, who spends much of his time next door, decided to take matters into his own hands.

"I just got up and walked out of the house and went straight over there and knocked on the door, asked them if they could turn it down," Hade said.

"We are allowed to at a reasonable level to leave the music on until 11 o'clock," Fair said.

And that's just what they're doing.

"We just love it. We think it adds so much to the neighborhood. It's so festive and exciting when you come over here," Paula Oates, another neighbor, said.

A home of holiday decorations that's lighting the way for a controvercial christmas.

Now the Christmas music accompanying these lights must follow a noise ordinance in Marietta, but officers say the owners of the house are following it.


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  • by Paula Location: Marietta Ohio on Dec 19, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    Hey didnt they watch the movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation !! Ben you are my Clark Griswald I say more lights next year and I will stand guard the power box !! love ya Paula !!!!
  • by sam on Dec 18, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, what a bunch of crapolia. The only thing jingling around here is the change in my pocket because of the lack of cash. I hate this time of year. Its cold, ugly outside and everyones mad cause they are in the same rotten shape I'm in. Why cain't we just pass Christmas and go directly to May and collect $200.00. Don't send me a Christmas card cause that will cause some tree hugger to be peed off cause someone cut down a tree. I wish Santa had the credit card bills I will get in Jan. stuffed up in his sack. God Bless and have a Happy New Year. It cain't get here soon enough.
  • by AnonymousAnonymous on Dec 16, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    I'm not saying you can't decorate for Xmas we're all lit up just like the neighbors in our neighborhood. But our lights go off at a reasonable hour and dont flash on and off all night like a beer bar.
  • by j Location: o on Dec 16, 2008 at 04:06 AM
    I'd rather listen to Christmas music than screeching kids running around all hours of the evening, listen to someone practice drums and they aren't getting any better at, listening to a yapping dog when you got rid of yours cause the yapping dog neighbor complained about yours barking. Try living in this neighborhood where we don't give a hoot about each other. Bah humbug.
  • by Rachel Location: Fleming on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    I've driven past this house. The music is quiet enough that I had to roll down my windows and strain to hear it. The neighbors of these men need to lighten up. If it is so loud that it can be heard inside their home then maybe they need to invest in better insulatation. It's the holidays, and Ben is doing something fun.
  • by Helen Location: Brooklyn on Dec 15, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    Christmas is a sacred time. A time for us to reflect on the birth of the "Prince of Peace." As Christians we are to emulate the Prince and bring peace and joy to our neighbors and the world. The sounds of Christmas are "Silent Night, Holy Night." Share the spirit of Christmas by sharing peace and quiet, something we don't get much of these days!
  • by kevin Location: little hocking on Dec 14, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    this person needs to respect his neighbors who have asked nicely to turn it down. this sounds as bad as a barking dog.
  • by Me Location: Pburg on Dec 14, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    Leave them alone..we need more cheer and happiness at this time when the econmy is on a downward spiral. Complain about something else or don't complain at all. So spread the cheer!
  • by Roberta Location: Marietta on Dec 13, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    I think if there was a party with girls and drinking with music of there choice being to loud it would not be a problem, and I doubt they would even notice the lights.
  • by CSmyth Location: PA on Dec 13, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    This is not sharing, it's narcissism. Remember, it's Peace on Earth, not blast music and annoy people.
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