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A Tampa Bay family got fined for early Christmas lights. Mariah Carey weighed in.

The queen of Christmas shared her own timeline for putting up decorations.
Mariah Carey is seen performing in October 2019 during a concert celebrating Dubai Expo 2020 One Year to Go in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mariah Carey is seen performing in October 2019 during a concert celebrating Dubai Expo 2020 One Year to Go in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. [ KAMRAN JEBREILI | Associated Press (2019) ]
Published Nov. 19
Updated Nov. 19

Mariah Carey has emerged from her pre-Christmas hibernation to defend a Tampa Bay family’s right to holiday cheer.

The Moffa family is being threatened with a fine for putting up Christmas lights too soon. According to WFLA, the Hillsborough County family hired a company to string up Christmas lights on Nov. 6 – the only time they had availability.

“Just some minor lighting to put a smile on the kid’s faces,” Moffa told WFTS Tampa Bay. “They say it’s too early, but what’s too early?”

It’s not a crime to put up holiday lights early. In fact, some experts say decorating for the holidays early and completing other activities that build excitement can help your mental health. But the Moffa’s local HOA said holiday decorations can’t be displayed until Thanksgiving. WFLA said the organization sent a letter with a threat: A potential fine of $100 each day, up to $1,000, if the lights stay up.

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Soon the family’s story made the local news. That’s how the queen of Christmas found out about it.

Her ruling?

“My personal preference is to wait until after Thanksgiving,” she tweeted. “But there’s no regulating festiveness!!!”