Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tis' the season

by: Joelle Charbonneau

Okay – I have to share a moment with you. Last week I was in my Walmart doing some shopping with the tot when I noticed that they had begun to put out the winter holiday decorations. While I’m not a huge fan of being reminded that I have tons of shopping and decorating to do, I actually was amazed that they had waited until 9 days before Halloween to start the winter holiday preparations. In past years, I’d walked into stores in late September and come eye to eye with frolicking reindeer and plastic poinsettias.

So, I was pretty pleased that this year the store displayed a minuscule amount of restraint when filling their retail shelves.

So last week, while standing in line, my son and I were surrounded by inflatable Frosty Snowmen, glowing candy canes and an assortment of other lawn adornments. And that’s when I saw it. At first I thought my eyes were deceiving me. I mean, I don’t always understand the some of the festive adornments some people add to their lawns during the holidays, but this one…..

Yeah – nothing screams a celebration of the holidays like Santa in an outhouse.

What are your favorite holiday decorations and which ones make you scratch your head and wonder what were they thinking?


  1. Oy! I think Santa in the outhouse takes the cake. And he's $69??? Can you even imagine! Makes you wonder who's going to buy it? If anyone sees this inflatable decoration in their neighborhood, please, take a picture and share!

    Joelle, when I was doing the Little Black Dress Fundraiser for the local Komen affiliate at Saks Fifth Avenue on September 27, I was very near a good-sized Christmas decorations display. It starts earlier every year!

  2. I bet you see these on front lawns before the season is done. I suppose I'm trying to have a sense of humor about this. Good taste is not in fashion right now (except for a Little Black Dress :) And your books-things are weird right now.

  3. I don't like all the commercialism about any of the holidays, but most of all Christmas. Now that it's only hubby and me in the house, though I plan to cook Christmas dinner and have whoever is around over, I don't think I'll do much in the way of decoration. Gotten really lazy in my old age.

  4. Susan - I know! Who is paying $69 for Santa's outhouse to sit on their lawn? I think someone here in the Chicago suburbs must have passed a law to make things start just a little later this year.

    And yeah - a sense of humor is totally necessary!