A. Lights are popular this time of year, many of these traditions can be traced back to the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. Local custom might not connect it with religion, but simple online research makes it obvious that these luminaries are generally a Christmas observance. There’s an important difference between secular & seasonal, and that which has religious associations. While your neighbors may have the best intentions to illuminate their streets around the holidays, it’s perfectly fine for you to opt out and light Chanukah candles instead. In general, good neighbors ought to be more tolerant and not that pushy.