Be A Good Neighbor This Holiday Season
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and there is no better time than the holiday season to be a good neighbor. Here are just a few ways you can practice being the best neighbor you can be.
Pay Attention to Parking
We all have gatherings and occasionally need extra parking. Try to give your neighbors a heads up if you're having a holiday party at your place. Park as many vehicles as will fit in your driveway before starting to park on the street. Do a quick check to make sure your guests have parked in a considerate manner and are not impeding traffic. And, of course, take a quick look at any parking policies in place in your community.
Keep it Down
While you and your guests eat, drink, and be merry, make sure the noise remains at a respectable level, especially as it gets later in the night. You won't want to disturb your neighbor dreaming of a white Christmas.
For many of us, it wouldn't be Christmas without family and friends. Others have lost family members or are unable to travel this holiday season and may be spending the holidays alone. If you know someone in a similar situation, be a good neighbor and invite them to your home for a meal, to attend a church service with your family, or to ride through the neighborhood and look at the Christmas lights. "Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me," Jill Jackson and Sy Miller sing in Let There Be Peace on Earth, 1955.
Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle
When your neighbor doesn't act in a way that you think they should, extend patience and understanding. The holidays can be a stressful time and there's no need to add it by losing your cool. After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year!