Q: The people next door have yet to take down their holiday decorations. Am I allowed to complain?
A: No. If you speak up, your neighbors may feel insulted, creating bad feelings that a wreath and some lights may not really justify. If you’re on very friendly terms, they might be open to a sensitively worded request. But dismantling decorations is a big job, so if you ask them to do it, also offer to help. Say “Are you ready to take down the lights? I’d be happy to assist – two ladders are better than one.”