Giant Inflatable Lawn Ornaments- Yea or Nay?
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Nicole in TX
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Posted: 12/8/2012 5:06:48 AM

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Posted: 12/8/2012 5:45:17 AM
If we had more snow here I would love to have some, but I think they look weird on a green lawn.

So it's a conditional YEA for me.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 5:51:43 AM
Nay

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Posted: 12/8/2012 5:57:57 AM
Yay.

A. They don't offend me in any way
B. Kids (at least the ones I know) love 'em
C. It's an easier (and safer) way for older and/or disabled adults to decorate the yard/outdoor area.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:14:57 AM
I can't see having them on my lawn, but it is fun to laugh at them on other people's.

Our across the street neighbor put up a vampire Winnie the Pooh blow-up at Halloween. We had fun joking about it for about 3 weeks.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:15:09 AM
Nay

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:19:16 AM
Oh my, big ole' NAY.

There's a house on the next street over from ours-they have a blow up snowman that is so tall, it reaches the peak of their house, which is a two-story house. It looks more like a float from the Macy's parade than a little decoration for a home.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:19:41 AM
We don't get them here but I would buy one or two if we did! They are kind of kitschy but would be fun for kids.

The negative side - I am sure I read a story here many years ago where someone's sister tragically died after being electrocuted as she was dismantling hers???

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:19:55 AM
Nay. They look like someone is advertising for used cars. And our neighborhood has small front lawns and people stuff multiple inflatables on them. Maybe one or two on a huge front lawn is almost tolerable, but it's ridiculous to have half a dozen in such a small area. And then they move on to the roof. Stop the madness!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:25:06 AM
I wouldn't put up more than the one we have, but it doesn't phase me in the least if others do.

We have a few people in our neighborhood who have anywhere from a few up to a dozen and my younger ones *love them.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:38:53 AM
I like them but I would not put one in my yard. I also remember the same story as Corrine11. Seems like it had rained and the ground was wet when she plugged it up. The cord had a short or something wrong with it and the woman was electrocuted.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:44:55 AM
I don't really love them or hate them. There is one old guy that lives in our neighborhood that puts up 7 or 8 of them. I thibk that's a little ridiculous... But if they make him happy, I'm all for it.

Our next door neighbor has one that has 3 ghosts and says "BOO" that he puts out at Halloween. He has 3 littld girls and they just LOVE that thing. It's actually kinda cute.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:53:54 AM
I think they are tacky as hell, but they do crack me up. So a yay for me.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:54:30 AM
LOVE them and am planning on buying a couple this year for next year !!!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:57:43 AM

The negative side - I am sure I read a story here many years ago where someone's sister tragically died after being electrocuted as she was dismantling hers???
I remember this story too and always think of the pea's sister when I see them. It was so sad. I'm extra careful when dealing with my own lights after that story so hopefully some good came from it since I'm not the only one who remembered it.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:12:53 AM
Apparently I'm going with yay, though they were my husbands idea. We have 2 small ones-a snowman and a penguin. Our kids adore them, and watch every night to make sure they "wake up" on time. They are in our front yard by the corner of our house. We have a pretty big front yard so it works.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:19:02 AM
I see them as providing joy to little ones. In that vein they are no more tacky than giant little tikes play houses, swing sets and climbers. They make it look like a really fun house

We don't have outside decorations like that because our dog would consider it a challenge. "Giant snowman in plastic ball? Had it for lunch. I've got my eye on some laughing penguin in Santa hat for dinner."
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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:20:54 AM
I love it!
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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:26:32 AM
I usually say nay but everyday on my way home I cross a bridge & on the other side of the river is a house with the ginormous santa next to a big decorated pine tree. Their backyard is a ravine & it's so pretty. We love that set up.

The 10 smaller size blowups lining some yards- Nay.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:28:01 AM
Nay.

Sometimes they are cute, depending, but for the most part I hate them. They look horrible when deflated. I said on my FB that they are the used condoms of Christmas decor.

Blech!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:28:43 AM
Nay. So tacky. Kids can have just as much enjoyment and fun with more tasteful decorations. I don't want my house to look trashy. Even a mansion looks tacky with inflatables in front of it. They look like something that belongs at an amusement park. Money can't buy taste.

They look like literal trash in the yard when deflated. Yuck.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:31:19 AM
I wouldn't get any, but I like to look at them on other people's lawns. Kids seem to love them.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:32:52 AM

The negative side - I am sure I read a story here many years ago where someone's sister tragically died after being electrocuted as she was dismantling hers???
Unfortunately true. I warn everyone who is considering purchasing one.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:36:02 AM

The negative side - I am sure I read a story here many years ago where someone's sister tragically died after being electrocuted as she was dismantling hers???


I think of this too whenever I see one. Otherwise I think they're ok.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:36:46 AM
Nay - just not my thing.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:37:20 AM
Ugly. Even the kids make fun of them.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:37:27 AM
We have a small Minnie and Mickey. Our little ones love it. I suppose it's tacky, but I don't care. It's for our kiddos and it's not the first tacky thing I've done to make them happy.
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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:37:59 AM
Nay

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:43:35 AM

Unfortunately true. I warn everyone who is considering purchasing one.



Couldn't someone just as easily electrocute themselves with traditional lights & decor? Besides, hanging lights has a high potential for falls, especially with older/elderly adults. I know that's part of the reason my parents and my future IL's switched from hanging lights, putting decor on the roof, hanging icicles from the trees, etc... to inflatables.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:52:05 AM
Yea.

I don't currently have one and I don't know that I would ever buy one, but I am not vehemently opposed to them. There are some cute ones.

Personally, I love any decorations that get people in the Christmas spirt, whether they are my personal taste or not. I just love holiday decorations and admired anyone that gets out there and tries to make things festive.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:53:33 AM
I like looking at them but wouldnt have one myself because of the noise.
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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:03:15 AM
I like to see them, I would never have one.

There is someone that lives in a neighborhood near our primary home that puts them up for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am talking 30+ BIG inflatables. Not only on his whole front yard, but on the roof and side yard, too. Each year we wait to see when they are up and what he's added. My favorite at Christmas is the 'snow globe' and the twirling carnival 'ride'.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:05:45 AM

The negative side - I am sure I read a story here many years ago where someone's sister tragically died after being electrocuted as she was dismantling hers???
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Unfortunately true. I warn everyone who is considering purchasing one.
She could have been electrocuted by any outdoor, electric decor, it just happened to be an inflatable. Plugs and wet don't go together well.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:09:09 AM
I like the ones I've seen. But I've not seen, in person, anyone just filling their yard with them.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:13:50 AM
You know what. Giant Inflatable Lawn Ornaments are freaking awesome! They bring so much joy to little kids. I would have been delerious with joy if they had those around when I was little. Boo hiss on the naysayers. LOL

There is an AWESOME one 2 blocks away from us. They have 2 of them actually. One is Santa, being pulled by 2 flamingos. The second one... which is my 6yr old's favorite, Is Santa peeking out of an outhouse and it says "occupied" on it. To his wonderful amazement, SANTA POOPS TOO!
(no seriously, we had a long drawnout discussion about this.)

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:17:01 AM
Not for me. Most look cheesy and are constantly deflated.

Though I will say there is a house not far from me that does a fabulous Christmas display every yr--they manage to keep theirs inflated, even have one that is a plane on a guide line so it looks like it flies and returns. They have done this display for years and it always looks good

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:18:43 AM
They are not to my tastes, but I don't have a problem with anyone who has them in their yard.

They are fine when they are blown up, but I really don't like them when they are deflated. It looks like little Christmas carcasses all over the yard

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:22:08 AM
I have to look out my front door every day and see Santa and his lame reindeer. Yep, my neighbor duct taped Rudolph's leg due to an injury caused by a squirrel. Nope, don't like them at all!

I remember the story of the pea that had someone electrocuted. I always remember that when I see one and wonder why more people don't warn of that.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:22:21 AM
Yay/Nay...so many beautiful decorations....just simple lights around the edge of the roof or a tree in the yard. Yet, they put a little smile on my face when I think of how children love them.

My grandson's vote cancels my nay out. We often stop in front of a house near us that has well over 15 of them in their small yard. He calls out what each one is until we have move because of a car coming.

I'm looking for a simple snowman decoration for him for their front yard. We have a snowman wreath. That way, they can stay up through Jan as it celebrates winter.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:22:44 AM
Tacky. Especially when unplugged and you're left with dead, deflated Santa and Frosty laying in the yard.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:31:00 AM
not in my yard, but they are fun to look at just not too many in one yard


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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:33:19 AM
Love them. Love all garish, tacky, over the top Christmas decorations.

I don't have them in my yard, but I love them in others.

I grew up on Long Island, where Christmas decorations outside your house were a competitive and spectator sport.

Over decorated houses remind me of my childhood, when our parents would put us in our car in our pjs and drive around looking at the lights.

And to this day, I find all the little white lights and a candle in every window here in CT pretty, but boring.




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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:39:27 AM
Nay

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:42:41 AM
No thank you.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:47:56 AM
Nay

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:48:27 AM
The snowman on the right is the same one that we bought this year that was having erectile dysfunction so my vote would have to be a big Hell, Yes! (His issues have been solved too) We have that one (it replaced a snow globe - we get so much rain that the snow pellets were always damp and clumped up) and a Santa driving a train where a snowman pops up and down out of the tender.

I AM having a chuckle out of the "used Christmas condoms on the lawn" comments though.

Writermom1 - my parents had a neighbor dog that chewed up their Santa one year. They found a few shreds of fabric but never found the motor. (The dog didn't hang around much longer than that either)

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:54:03 AM
As a joke gift at Bunco one year, one of the prizes was a huge inflatable snowman. The girl who won it tried to give it away, but no one would admit to wanting it in front of a roomful of women looking down their noses at it. LOL.

So someone suggested sneaking over to our OB/GYN's house (small town, we all went to the same beloved guy) and setting it up on his lawn. Well, after sipping wine all evening five of us thought that was a fabulous idea. So we grabbed an extension cord and off we went.

His two daughters discovered it the next morning and fell in love. "We've always wanted one of those... thank you, Daddy!" He kept trying to protest that he didn't do it, but they were sure he had done it to surprise them. Haha.

Long story, short... it still goes up in his yard every year. He says it's one of the best gifts he has ever received at Christmas. (And yes, he knows it was the five of us. We couldn't wait to confess and take credit.)


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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:55:56 AM

I have to look out my front door every day and see Santa and his lame reindeer. Yep, my neighbor duct taped Rudolph's leg due to an injury caused by a squirrel.


Sorry but that made me giggle.

Nay for my yard, but I don't mind what others do.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:57:39 AM
Yes. I don't have any, but my kids Love seeing them in others' yards.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:29:43 AM
No for me
I prefer the blow mold vintage decor to remind me of my childhood.
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