Christmas lawn ornaments were mostly of the Nativity Scene: cardboard, wooden cut-outs or 3D hard form plastic. Some of them lit up from inside.
There were Santa's and sleighs with reindeer on the roof. Candy canes stuck in rows up the border of the walk. Snowmen. Sometimes you'd see a Christmas Angel or We Three Kings.
And always there would be that goofy neighbor who went overboard and slipped from the pretty category into the tacky category. The consensus was always, "It's just too much!"
And then some jolly soul invented the Inflatable Lawn Ornament.
Which for some unfathomable reason didn't spend even a moment in the 'too much' category, but instead, shot to the top of the list for most popular 'must have' of the season.
I don't understand the appeal! Sure, a snow globe is a cute idea, but a 30 foot one? Check it out:
There is more square footage inside this snow globe than in the house!
I did a quick google on 'inflatable Christmas ornaments' and the list was mind boggling:
Santa with Rudolph
Santa in a race car with Elf Pit crew
Cammo Santa (for Stealth Christmas, I guess)
Santa getting a ticket. (That really screams Christmas, doesn't it?)
Santa on a John Deere. (At least the John Deere is a green tractor. Kind of Christmasy.)
The list goes on and on but the one that really got me...the one that grabbed me and wouldn't let go:
7 foot alligator in a Santa hat.
It makes no sense. It is not even remotely relative in any way to the furthest reach of Christmas imagery. There are no Christmas songs featuring an alligator. No Bible stories. No merry bands of alligator-y traditions. No Choir of Heavenly Alligators. No Alligator we have Heard on High. No Hark the Harold Alligator. No Little Town of Alligator how still we see thee lie...
Oh wait, maybe it's a Crocodile. I get them confused. It would make more sense if it was a Christmas Crocodile, wouldn't it?