Giant Inflatable Lawn Ornaments- Yea or Nay?

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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:32:09 AM
Yay! I live them!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:40:42 AM
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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:46:08 AM
big nay...hate them.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:11:02 AM
Not only do I hate the "Christmas Carnage" (LOL!) during the day, I hate the noise. My neighbor has several, and whenever I go outside...I hear the constant hum. It's not peaceful in any way!

My rule---Christmas decorations should look as good during the day as they do at night. Which is why I put my lights in garland and hide my cords. My neighbors house might look very festive at night, but it looks like a train wreck during the day--all of the lights and bright orange cords and duct tape and dead inflatable lawn ornaments...and we don't have snow, so it's all against a background of yellow grass and dead plants.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:21:30 AM
Wouldn't have one in my yard, but I do recognize that children love them. There are some houses I've seen around my neighborhood that have so many that it really does just look tacky - they're actually crowded together to nearly cover the entire lawn.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:22:34 AM
I'll agree there is a right way and a wrong way to decorate...regardless of what your actual decorations might be.

Our neighbor who throws up dangling icicle lights randomly around the parts of his house he can reach easily? Not more tasteful simply because he has white lights and no inflatables.

But the elderly couple who live across from our elementary school and have (for as long as I can remember) created a wonderpark out of inflatables...fantastic.

It's all in the way it's done. And let me tell ya, watching those little kids gasp and awe over those inflatables? So much more pleasurable than the glance they barely give at dangling icicle guy.

And Captain K, Christmas at your house sounds about as fun as fart in an elevator. Bah Humbug you ol' cranky pants.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:23:26 AM
Yea. I have a snowman family in my yard. It was originally 3 of them as one set and then I have an additional one next to it. It represents the 4 of us.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:24:44 AM
I don't care either way. They don't bug me.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:36:06 AM
I don't mind them but I also don't like them enough that I would purchase them for my house. However, it seems more often than not, I see them laying crumpled and deflated on someone's lawn!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:37:10 AM
We have a blow-up Baby Jesus in our yard. Technically it's a Nativity scene, but we really do call it "blow-up baby Jesus." We love it!

Sadly, we can't do the snow globe style ones here. It gets too humid, the globe fogs up, and then the "snow" sticks to the inside of the globe instead if blowing around. Sarah Beth is sad every year when we tell her that we can't have one.

I only want little white lights on the house, but the blow ups make the littles happy, so we do it for them. There's plenty of time in the future for tasteful.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:38:55 AM
Yay b/c it makes my kids happy and the neighbors who have them seem to get into the spirit of holidays.

What I don't like is when they deflate and are left there like Santa roadkill.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:42:17 AM
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1-when did midwesternmuse sneak back in here? Hi!!!

2-this cracked me the heck up:


Christmas at your house sounds about as fun as fart in an elevator. Bah Humbug you ol' cranky pants


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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:56:52 AM
I like seeing them in other people's yards, particularly if they are accompanied by lights - alone is kind of awkward to me. I wouldn't buy one.




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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:00:17 AM


And Captain K, Christmas at your house sounds about as fun as fart in an elevator. Bah Humbug you ol' cranky pants.


Well honey, your entire life sounds like a redneck country song. Good luck with that.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:11:59 AM
My DD has always wanted them. Since we're aren't is an HOA anymore we can have them. Our old HOA would only allow white lights. I can't climb on a ladder so we have Mickey and Minnie on a sled on our green grass along with a snowman and Santa. I didn't realize someone could be laughing at us and judging us. You learn something new everyday.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:31:29 AM
Only if you keep them inflated during the day too. 99.99999% of all the poeple here have them all deflated and they're like big trash bags all over the lawn. So ugly and messy then. Keep them up!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:33:16 AM

your entire life sounds like a redneck country song


Why do you listen to redneck country songs?


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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:37:56 AM
Nay for me. Our friends have a inflatable Christmas Homer Simpson. Not my style, but to each their own.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:43:12 AM

My rule---Christmas decorations should look as good during the day as they do at night.


This.

When I see a deflated Santa, I point it out "Look kids! Someone killed Santa!" Dd rolls her eyes and when ds was littler, he laughed and went, "Nooooooo!" My kids don't have a chance, do they? lol

But now dd is at the stage (12yo) where she wants the opposite of what I want, so she keeps rallying for inflatables. Good luck with that, kid.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 12:50:11 PM
Nay for my yard. But I don't have a problem with them in other yards. I live in a very hilly area, and I actually like them when people use them strategically for a good effect.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 12:57:46 PM
Okay, just not my yard because of our dogs.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:00:41 PM
Generally speaking, I find them to be heinous.

However, our neighbors down the road had a really gawdy snowglobe inflatable last year that had falling snow and flashing lights. I loved that tacky thing to death!!




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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:03:19 PM
Love them everywhere else!
We don't have them because we just don't have room to store them.






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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:16:20 PM
Don't have any in my yard but I think they are fun -my kids live seeing them thought the neighborhood!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:24:52 PM
I would not get one...too many college kids in the neighborhood. They would pop it or steal it, as has happened to other neighbors.

I have some friends who live in a hoity-toity part of town where all decorations are expected to be "just so" (but not enforced, as there's no HOA), and I always loved when their next-door neighbor would kick off the holiday season by putting the inflatable Tom Turkey in the yard. It made my friend crazy and for some reason, I was wildly entertained.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:56:47 PM
Nay.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:09:07 PM
I think they are goofy and silly but I'm sure kids love them.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:11:19 PM
I say yea. We dont get snow here in Florida so I think its kind of nice to see something besides green lawn for one month each year.

We used to have a bunch of them when the kids were young, but dont have any left now.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:12:40 PM
Love them, we just have one snowman. There is a house in my neighborhood that has a reindeer bigger than their house. I think folks overcompensate for the lack of snow.
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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:17:52 PM
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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:19:41 PM
Not a fan, but my neighbors love them!


I prefer the classic big multi-colored bulbs on one string around the perimeter of the roof.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:45:55 PM

Well honey, your entire life sounds like a redneck country song.

You say that like it's a bad thing...

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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:58:04 PM

There is one old guy that lives in our neighborhood that puts up 7 or 8 of them.


More power to him! My Dad always loathed Christmas.

Laughing at Christmas carnage, used condoms, and dead Santas!

For the record I like them well- done in moderation in other people's yards! Around here they tend to get blasted by the snow and the rain the entire time they are up so that distracts from their appeal.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:14:45 PM
I like them. They are cute. However, they make me sad when I see them all deflated and laying in a heap during the day when they are not inflated. Don't know why they just do.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:31:02 PM
I love the snow globe ones, but I think they only look good in the snow.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:35:06 PM
My neighbors have one the is Santa playing poker with his reindeer. It is so tacky that it circles back to funny.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:37:20 PM
NAY. I hate those things!!!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:38:43 PM
I support anything my neighbors want to do with holiday decorations, short of inflamatory racial or sexual themes. I enjoy being treated as an adult within my own yard and I assume they do too.

On a personal level, I'd probably never buy them, but I do find them cute with the dgd. Even if the entire yard is inflatables.




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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:40:12 PM
Lisa,

'Blow up' and 'Baby Jesus' should never be used in the same sentence.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 6:57:55 PM
Not for me but we like driving around and looking at them in other people's yards.

My funny story this year: There is a house in ds' best friend's neighborhood that is one of those over the top houses. They have a blow up Ferris Wheel, blow up merry go round, all the blow up characters from Rudolph (love the Bumble), Minnie, Mickie and many more. It is crazy. First day we see their decorations go up. Next day we see the neighbors put up one of those gigantic plastic creches in their yard and nothing else. The message seemed clear. The next day more inflatables in the crazy yard. The next day a for sale sign in the creche yard.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:27:51 PM
Nay. I'm old school blow molds only. Oh and led lollipops going up the walkway.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:32:01 PM
I have always said no way to inflatable decorations in our yard, but somehow we ended up with a six foot tall snowman! Our yard is over an acre and he is in our backyard by the woods and he looks kind of cool out there with the trees.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:38:28 PM
I don't want any in my yard, but my kids love them, so I like the fact that others are willing to buy them because they bring joy to my kids.


And as long as my kids can get their dose of giant, inflatable joy from a bunch of neighbors, I'm off the hook. It's win, win, win!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:41:57 PM
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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:09:13 PM
Yay. I think they are fun. That said, I wouldn't spend the money on one.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:14:01 PM
Sure why not...



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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:16:09 PM
Apparently the folks in my neighborhood don't find them tacky at all (but then again, they also like neon flamingos and palm trees!)

I love the morning best. Seems everyone turns off the pumps that keep them inflated, at night, and in the morning the neighborhood is full of deflated santas, snowmen and snow globes. I love it!!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:28:39 PM
Those are all darling but I especially love the snow globe!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:12:12 PM
As long as they are in someone else's yard, sure.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:21:20 PM
I hate them. Our neighbors have put up a wooden nativity scene with a HUGE blow up snowman that is deflated most of the time. I don't remember a huge snowman being at Jesus' birth.

I know it's fun for the kids, but personally I them find a little tacky. Less is more for me, simple and classic.





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