As the Holiday Season comes to a close this weekend with the big New Year’s Eve celebration, we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012! Before we do, it is important to realize the major emphasis that some people have put on the other holidays this year, especially during Christmas, when a lot of inflatables are out in peoples’ yards. Whether it is a Santa inflatable or just a good old-fashioned Frosty the Snowman, many homeowners decorate front yards with wonderful inflatable decorations. For some, this extends way beyond just the Christmas season
One man, Dan McClain, was recently profiled in The Missourian for his extensive Christmas and holiday inflatables collection, which is seen in his front yard every year:
“McClain is the holiday enthusiast who lives on Payne Street. If you’ve driven that stretch of road this time of year, or any holiday season, you know which house is his. Right now his yard is laden with three dozen inflatable Christmas characters — everything from a flock of penguins to a Mickey and Minnie Mouse to a 20-foot Santa Claus.”
The impressive part about McClain’s decoration for the holidays is the fact that it doesn’t end with the big Christmas season – it goes on all year-round. His biggest holiday – according to the article – is Halloween:
“And this isn’t even his “big” holiday. That would be Halloween, when he has 59 inflatables covering his lawn — a 12-foot-tall Frankenstein, the Headless Horseman, Grim Reaper, gargoyles, pumpkins, a haunted house and giant spiders, some with heads that move.”
This penchant for inflatable decorations goes beyond just the normal holidays too:
“For St. Patrick’s Day, he has leprechauns and pots of gold. And for Fourth of July, he has an Uncle Sam, a 9-foot eagle, an American flag and a peace sign. He also decorates for Easter, and, some years, if it’s not too cold toward the end of January, McClain said he may put up the six clown jester inflatables he has for Mardi Gras.”
That is some serious dedication to the art of holiday decorations, inflatable or not!