By Jan Bergemann

Published December 4, 2015

Every year again:  We read lots of media reports about owners fighting with associations over Christmas decorations. Where I come from it’s an old tradition to decorate the home – inside and outside – and decorate a Christmas tree on Sunday, Advent 1. In case you are not familiar with the word Advent: Advent commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.

Yes, Christmas is a Christian holiday, but in our time and day many families celebrate Christmas – not only devout Christians!

I see nothing wrong with homes decorated with lots of lights and Christmas ornaments. I don’t see anything wrong with neighbors who are decorating their homes celebrating their religious holidays. Live and let live!

But I am opposed to overbearing Christmas decorations and outrageous displays that create traffic jams in the community.

Christmas is supposed a holiday of peace. A famous German Christmas song is ending with the refrain: “-- Peace, peace on the earth!

Let’s stick to that – and let’s not fight over Christmas decorations.

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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