Sadly the inflatable lawn decoration phase was not a phase and they continue to blow up on people’s yards more frequently than ever before. Lest you think only Christmas can be reduced to these nylon balloons, you can have seasonal eyesores for your birthday, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. You can even represent your favorite NFL team with an oversized football player. Yay, sports!

Some inflatables, like 1%, are sort of cute, but most are incredible tacky as they pool on the front yard in sad holiday litter before becoming erect to symbolize mass consumerism and laziness. Much like political signs planted in the ground, the inflatables people choose to represent their holiday spirit at Christmastime say a lot about the personalities living inside the house.

If inflatable Christmas decorations could channel the voices of the people who hammered them into the ground, this is what they would tell passersby.

American Santa, Military Santa, or any Patriotic Looking Santa

We love America. We love Christmas. We love Christ. We would have purchased a Baby Jesus holding an American flag while riding an American eagle and carrying an assault rifle if we could have found one. Also, we voted for Trump.

Multiple Mickey and Minnie Character Scenes

No children live in our house. My mom and I just love Disney, specifically the timeless and traditional representation of youth through Mickey and Minnie. Seeing them wear Santa hats, stand next to a snow globe, or share a kiss under mistletoe makes us feel so festive! We’re going on a Disney cruise in February with the matching Mickey and Minnie luggage we bought each other for Christmas. Nothing says should-be-retired-mother and live-at-home-adult-daughter time like virgin daiquiris by the pool while watching Fantasia.

The Nutcracker

This and my childhood ornaments were the only decorations I got in the divorce.

Inappropriate Santa

I didn’t think I could find a blowup funnier than the one with Santa in the chimney with his ass on fire, but this is my best one yet! Whoever thought of putting Santa in an outhouse is a genius! I put it next to the dog peeing on Frosty, because that’s hysterical. They are to the left of my snowman stick up scene, where one snowman is pointing a blow dryer at the other one with his arms in the air. I made my own FROZEN LIVES MATTER sign to go with it! Hopefully next year they’ll come out with one that has a kid catching Santa boning Mrs. Claus. My inappropriate sense of humor makes me so funny, especially when I swear a lot and talk about sex.

All of the Star Wars Characters

Sure, those are my Christmas decorations. Merry Christmas: May the force be with you.

Any Animated Inflatable Over 10’ Tall

We will keep this thing plugged in 24/7 for the entire month of December because we have money to burn and can’t hear the neighbors’ dogs incessantly barking at it over the music it plays. We’re not sure why our neighbors hate us.

Inflatable Dreidel or Menorah

Fine. You win assholes. My kid is sick of being the only house on the block with nothing but a seasonal door wreath. Your reindeer and stupid Santa decorations have driven me to throw up this money sucking display of one of the least important Jewish holidays so my kid doesn’t feel like a denominational outcast. Happy fucking Hanukkah! And no, I don’t know the words to the Adam Sandler song.

Hawaiian Santa

We retired several years ago, but can’t afford to move somewhere warm. Instead we will spend money we don’t have and fantasize about Christmas on the beach. If we didn’t have to take care of our three grandkids, born to our millennial children who can’t afford daycare because they are busy pursuing a life in politics and digital short films, we would consider taking a Florida vacation. Until then, we will stare glassy-eyed at Santa on his surfboard.

Beavers, Pigs, Lions, and Other Random Animals Wearing Santa Hats

Hipsters live here. Or…A small child lives here and was gifted a Santa hat wearing lion by Grandma before I could stop the transaction. Since both hipster and child love animals wearing clothing, it is in the front yard. And will likely never be seen again because tastes are fleeting and I plan to stab it on January 1st.

Inflatable Nativity Scene

We keep Christ in Christmas. He is the reason for the season, and nothing will stop us from reminding everyone of this, especially those awful people at Starbucks, sipping out of their Satanic red cups.

Giant Inflatable Ornaments and Packages

We like to keep our decorations classy. The cast of Rudolph, Santa, and Frosty are so cliché. We only use white twinkle lights on our tree, and we decorate with fresh pine and a spritz of arrogance.


Happy holidays!

About the author: Amber Leventry is a writer and SAHM. She tries to be good at both each day, but never the twain shall meet. She lives in Vermont with her partner, the kids, and their attention deprived dog. Her writing appears on The Next Family,, Scary Mommy, BLUNTmoms, Huffington Post, and The Advocate.Follow her on Twitter @AmberLeventry and on Instagram.


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  1. I wonder what this article screams about the author. The irony smells about as bad as her winning attitude.

    • This sounds like a cynical teenager wrote this. Lighten up. They are just decorations. No need to judge everybody.

  2. Somehow just the name ” blunt” gives me bad vibes. And then reading the article left in my head one thing… stop smoking weed. Nothing good came out from your head.

  3. I put up one for the first time this year, as well as a small set of lights around my tree and a wreath. Sadly, you missed the category for my household. My inflatable says: “I’m going through cancer treatment this year and the chemo makes me extremely tired so I don’t have enough energy to spend hours putting up decorations this year. I saw this cute critter and it made me smile. It gives me enough joy that I was able to muster a little energy reserve to spend a few hours putting it and a few lights up this year.” You call it lazy but I call it a refusal to give in to chemo. I’ve had several compliments and people stopping by to ask where I found it because it’s adorable.

  4. Cassandra Bowie Reply

    I absolutely Loved reading that! Thank you author, very well done.

  5. Here’s the thing….most of us wouldn’t want to hang out with such a shallow, salty, judgmental person in the first place. So I’ll keep my nightmare before Christmas inflatables up and knowing it irritates Karens (like the author) makes it even better.

  6. What this article says about you – you are a raging, judgmental bitch that needs to get a life and off the internet. And this coming from a Karen.

  7. Hilarious! I read it to my husband as he was browsing inflatables on the net… unfortunately it hasn’t deterred him. (I’m holding out for ornaments and packages!)

  8. I came across this article while searching for a new inflatable to purchase for my partner for Christmas. I wish you were my neighbor. My 6 ft. fence can’t contain the view of our 30 plus holiday inflatables ranging in size from 3 to 15 ft tall. What started out as a joke became what we now call Le Menagerie. Kids and adults totally enjoy them and visit often
    during the holiday season. We really don’t care what our affluent or stodgy neighbors think( although they are contained in the back yard away from the main street). Lighten up! Silly doesn’t end with childhood. It is so much easier to smile and laugh than to simmer in disdain. Besides, the kids will make a killing at an estate sale when we pass to the great beyond!

    • I don’t agree with 90% of this article. I was worried when I first started reading it, but quickly realized that maybe this person just had different tastes and her opinion is just different as well. It is also just that, her opinion. I use multiple inflatables because my 2 year old granddaughter absolutely loves them. Her face lights up as she walks by touching them, or when she discoverers a new one. I can’t wait until she sees my new “acorn” inflatable, her word for unicorn. She will be in inflatable heaven!! 🙂

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