Weird Holiday Inflatables

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When I was younger, my family and I would take long car trips during Christmas time. These trips weren’t exclusively to family destinations like Grandma’s house, but to neighborhoods that were well known for having elaborate Christmas displays. There were huge houses with lights lining the perimeter of the structure and smaller homes with a yard filled to the brim with fun plastic Santas, sleighs and reindeer. One thing we didn’t see when I was a kid was the holiday inflatables that are easily purchased nowadays.

This is not to say anything bad about this type of decoration however – in fact, they add a new dimension to the art of Christmas decorating. Keeping this in mind, there are a number of holiday inflatables that don’t really make a lot of sense. In general they are actually a little weird. The Huffington Post has a whole list of these inflatables and here are a few of my favorites:

Gingerbread Oven – I’m pretty sure that if I were being cooked in an oven I wouldn’t be too happy about it. Look at the smiles on these cookies faces!

Dora the Explorer Santa – This is particularly egregious. There is no way that a Nickelodeon cartoon character could be Santa Claus. Well, I guess Spongebob could do it, but he’s way cooler than Dora.

Santa’s Tropical Island – Why would Santa bring a Penguin to an island paradise? Everyone knows that penguins like the cold. And I certainly don’t think that a tropical bird and a penguin would be fast friends.

slide 14408 199430 largeSteamroller Reindeer – I don’t even understand this one on a basic decency level. Sure, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” is a popular and catchy song, but a reindeer running an elderly woman over with a steamroller. C’mon guys – how far is too far? You have your answer right here.


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