LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A British housing association has apologized to a homeowner who was told to remove her Christmas lights so they would not offend non-Christian neighbors.
At this time of year, Dorothy Glenn's home in South Shields sports hundreds of festive lights and a giant tree with a 4-foot Santa Claus, The Daily Mail reported Monday.
This year, however, Glenn said she was visited by an employee of the local housing association who stood outside her home and "looked like he was counting my decorations."
"He said that the lights were offensive to the community," said Glenn, 41, adding that she is close to her Bengali and Chinese neighbors who enjoy the festive atmosphere of her home at Christmas.
Glenn said she stood her ground, refused to remove the decorations, and was issued an apology from the housing association that said removing Christmas lights was not part of its policy.