It may be the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s feeling festive, and a recent video has gone viral because of some intense “Bah, humbug” energy.
But many people online are on the humbug’s side, raising the question, is there such a thing as too much holiday cheer?
The debate began when TikToker @justinthelightguy posted a video of his neighbor angrily responding to the truly epic holiday light display—complete with musical accompaniment—that he put up on his house.
Neighbor confronts a homeowner for their Christmas lights.. whose side you on? pic.twitter.com/NadKfIyh6z
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) December 7, 2020
As the video shows, @justinthelightguy doesn’t just put up any old holiday lights.
He puts up an entire show, complete with video screens and lights timed to music selections. It’s like a miniature rock concert on his front lawn.
And the videos of his displays are absolutely epic.
@justinthelightguyChicken 🍗, Chicken 🍗 ##fyp ##foryou ##chickenwing ##love ##xyzbca ##sick ##art ##christmas2020 ##chickenwingsong ##chickenwingchallenge ##cute ##funny ##happy♬ original sound – justin 🤟🤟
But, of course, it’s one thing to experience this on the internet.
It’s a whole other experience to live next door to something this flashy and loud.
And at least one of @justinthelightguy’s neighbors has absolutely had it. In a since-deleted TikTok, Justin posted footage from his front-door Ring camera that showed his neighbor confronting him over the display.
Suffice to say, the neighbor has had enough of Justin’s Yuletide cheer.
In a copy of the video posted to Twitter, the neighbor unloaded on Justin.
“This kind of sucks dude. It kind of sucks.”
“Now I don’t understand your childish need for f’king attention all the time, I don’t.”
“Celebrating every calendar holiday.”
But while his anger is easy to dismiss at such a festive time during one of the worst years ever, who would want flashing lights and booming music spilling down their street at all hours?
The loud and garish display had plenty of people on Team Neighbor—even if many agreed the neighbor’s delivery was unnecessarily belligerent.
The lights alone, no problem. But that music is a bit much. Noise pollution? No, I’m not a grinch lol
— Kelly Mecifi (@charmedone626) December 7, 2020
Definitely the neighbor’s side. The lights wouldn’t bother me, but that ‘music’ is abysmal. Bad taste in ‘music’ dude’s booming noise needs to stop where my eardrums begin.🙃 I don’t think that my neighbors would appreciate my loudly broadcasting ‘The Clash’ constantly. 😅
— Alison F1 Kimi (@AlisonWaiting) December 7, 2020
The Neighbor's side. I don't know any reasonable person who would want to live next door to that.
— ChiChi Voted For Joe! #46 (@ChiChiBLanchett) December 7, 2020
It’s the flickering lights that would drive me nuts. They’re actually quite dangerous as they can induce migraines and epileptic fits. That being said, I do love Xmas lights. Just not flickering ones.
— Frankly Quite (@FranklyQuite01) December 7, 2020
Wow- the flashing light display makes me feel nauseous. And I don't think I would be in a very neighborly mood if I had been looking at that for long. Do something utterly thoughtless and then expect politeness and considerate neighbors?
— Charlotte (@Charmojo2020) December 7, 2020
But several people pointed out the music is transmitted through an FM radio frequency, not actually playing out loud in front of his house.
He has all kinds of music. And if you see that box in front, it displays an FM frequency you need to tune into to be able to hear the sound. pic.twitter.com/bveabht7Yt
— erikBergh (@berghberghbergh) December 7, 2020
Between that and the neighbor’s belligerent response, just as many people were on Team Justin.
I follow this guy on tiktok and the type of engineering it takes to do this is absolutely amazing. The neighbor’s a dick, he should have on a mask. Everyone’s entitled to opinion but that doesn’t mean you go tell someone their work sucks. The world sucks, let them have this ffs.
— 𝙼𝙹 @ 🏡 𝕨𝕖𝕒𝕣 𝕒 𝕞𝕒𝕤𝕜 (@iheartruiner) December 7, 2020
I can understand the frustration if the lights are blinding to their neighbors, but I think the display is pretty cool. Maybe he could have been a little nicer in his approach. Everyone has their thing that brings them joy and for this guy it’s obviously his light display.🤷🏼♀️
— Jesswithaheart (@callmejj33) December 7, 2020
If the music is playing like that very loudly, I'm on the neighbors side.
But if that music is normal, I'm on that houses side. Those lights are hilarious, and I needed a good laugh.
— Brandon Bartel (@SkolVikings24) December 7, 2020
I mean. Close the blinds 🤷♂️
— 🔥MaHomeBoiSZN🔥 (@ClutchxNegro) December 7, 2020
What does he expect from approaching the neighbor that way? Yes the display is obnoxious, but if he really wants action, he should have gotten more support. Maybe ask to make sure the lights go off after a certain time.
— paul vecchiet, author, architect, vet, USACE (@PaulVecchiet) December 7, 2020
Regardless of his neighbors’ reactions, between the amount of work that goes into his epic displays and the millions of views they’ve racked up on TikTok, it seems pretty unlikely Justin’s holiday cheer will dim any time soon.