Before I begin this story let me first invoke the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

Michigan resident Jami Kelly must have been muttering this prayer under her breath earlier this holiday season as she started putting up Christmas lights. Shortly thereafter, she realized she could never compete with the elaborate display her neighbors had installed and said, "you know what, screw it."

According to The Detroit News, Kelly has lived next door to her flashy neighbors (whom she calls "The Griswolds" after the family in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation who blinded the neighbors with their holiday light display) for several years now. I can imagine it gets draining to try to compete with a display that includes reindeer, an inflatable snow globe and a polar bear that sits on the roof. And so, Kelly didn't.


Instead, Kelly took a piece of plywood and some screws to craft a sign that simply read "ditto." Fox 2 Detroit reports that it only took her four hours and a little help from another neighbor to help her complete the sign. I hope she took a luxurious bubble bath with all the free time she had after deciding to not put up elaborate and garish decorations.

Personally, I believe that Kelly is an inspiration to us all. She serves as a reminder that it's never too late to realize you really don't care about keeping up with the Joneses. She decided to follow her heart, and in doing so made an IDGAF statement that the rest of the world ended up really connecting with.


"All my neighbors think it's hilarious," Kelly said. "It's not meant to be anything but a compliment."

When you think about it, her "ditto" is really a work of art.

What a brave statement to make.
What a brave statement to make.

Lord, grant me the serenity to channel Jami Kelly the next time I'm feeling pressured to perform some arduous task solely to maintain appearances, the courage to make the same choice as her, and the wisdom to know that I am better for it.

Sources: Fox 2 Detroit | The Detroit News |