December 10, 2009

'Tis the season to be tacky...

Just when I thought I had seen everything in the way of cheap and tasteless outdoor Christmas decorations, I passed by this not-so-little gem on my return trip home from work last evening...

I thought that I had imagined it at first because, I mean... Come on!
It was a huge inflatable nativity scene?! Really?!

I've never liked any of those outdoor inflatable-type decorations. They just look cheaply made and totally crappy to me! And they all seem exactly the same, no matter what the character or theme is. It's all very generic. Makes me want to take a BB gun and do some target practice!

But this nativity scene is a new low, people. I'm not at all religious, yet even I cringed when I saw the blow-up Jesus prominently displayed out on Joe Schmo's lawn! It somehow rings disrespectful (toward God, in a way) to see such a cheap and tacky thing used as a visual declaration of one's Christian beliefs for all the neighborhood to see. Know what I mean?

Some people are just clueless, I guess!
Hey, you wanna grab your BB gun and join me for some rootin' tootin' tacky decoration shootin'?

~Photo via Google Images~


  1. Hallelujah!!

    I can not STAND those damned things. We live in a townhouse and our "front yard" in 18 feet wide by about 10 feet deep. Last year was out first christmas in the house and I joked to my husband that I wanted to get one of those giant inflatable snow globes replete with the snow flying around inside. It would have literally taken up the whole front gated area.

    He looked at me like "is she serious and should I say sure or is she testing me?". Poor thing had no idea what the 'right' answer was. LOL!

  2. HaHaHaHaHaHaHa! I don't 'get' any of those inflatable thingys. There seems to be an inflatable Tigger character for each holiday, which I really don't They are silly, energy INefficient & EXPENSIVE; someone told me they spent $200+ on a halloween one!

  3. I was about to comment on Tigger too (still am, I suppose). On my way to work I pass a teeny tiny terraced house front garden with TWO of these things - Winnie AND Tigger. All squished up together so that people can get in and out of the house but blocking the window. Madness.

    When did Winnie the Pooh and his cronies get so popular anyway? I much prefer the original Ernest H Shepard illustrations.

    Was thinking though, Anthony, although it could be seen as tacky and disrespectful, at least the inflatable nativity scene gives a nod to the 'reason for the season'. Perhaps for that reason it's more respectful than any of that other rubbish?

  4. That's funny, Townhouselady!

    Maybe, instead of a cradle, you could just get an INFLATABLE MANGER to put little Townhouse Diva into? You can buy those separately, you know. I've seen them. Don't you think that would be a lovely addition to your stylish new nursery?

    If not, there's probably some sort of real obnoxious "It's a Girl!" inflatable that you could plop out front in the gated area! ;)

  5. Yeah, Leah, it doesn't make any sense how they all look so damned cheap, and yet cost a small fortune! What a racket!

  6. You make a very good point, MoonDoggie!

    I was looking at it from a different angle, but I also see what you're saying. I really didn't mean to pass judgment. My post was only intended to be commentary. Although, I am fully aware of its air of annoyance!

    That's all it was, though. Just annoyance. And it might have had a pinch of cattiness thrown in there, too... ;)

  7. The bible says you shouldn't worship graven images. It doesn't say anything about inflatables, though. I think this is a clever circumvention of the spirit of a commandment.

    Okay, not really. This did bring to mind a bit from Vonnegut's book "Cat's Cradle" though:

    '"If you wish to study a granfalloon, just remove the skin of a toy balloon." — Bokonon'

    A granfalloon, in the doctrine of the fictional religion of Bokononism, is a "false karass," a fabricated version of a social phenomenon occurring between two or more people. Examples include "the Communist Party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Electric Company, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows—and any nation, anytime, anywhere."

    Then again, maybe I'm reading too much into it.

  8. Oh, lord...
    You're making my head hurt, Matt! It's just an inflatable nativity on somebody's lawn, NOT a national monument!

    You don't get out much, do you? ;)

  9. Hey it's ok, Anthony. I didn't think you were passing judgement or anything. It's just an argument I've had for when people say the Simpsons are anti-Christian. How many other families on TV still go to church? The Simpsons do so you could argue that they are promoters of it.
    Regardless of any of this, I agree with you Anthony - these inflatables ARE crap. Sorry inflatable lovers *cue dirty joke*

  10. Hmm...
    Seems like one should be obvious, but I just can't think of any, MoonDoggie. What's WRONG with me?!

    I must be off my game, today!


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