So, as a corollary to my other holiday decorating thread, what holiday decorations do you hate?
Working off the prevailing Christmas majority, a lot of mine are newish…as I noted in the other thread, my holiday decorating style is pretty old-fashioned. That’s largely because I don’t like modern decorating elements that have shown up in the last 20 years or so. Like icicle lights. I can’t explain why I don’t like them…my own decorating style can be pretty sloppy-looking and that’s part of its charm, to me. So it’s not that they’re sloppy-looking. I just don’t like them at all.
I also don’t care for rope lights. It’s possible that the common element is the ease with which you can decorate with both of these type of lights, which makes for a careless, hang 'em anywhere attitude toward the decorating. Don’t know.
I’ve heard that aluminum trees are making a comeback. This does not fill me with joy. I have nothing against artificial trees, but I think they should at least attempt to look like a “real” tree. Otherwise you end up with people who think a light rope spiralled around a pole is a socially acceptable Christmas tree.
I HATE inflatables. Three-quarters of the time, the people who have this huge blow-up monstrosity have a front yard that barely has the frontage to actually HOLD the damn thing, and half of THOSE end up looking like Santa tried to parachute onto your roof and had a fatal miss…red fur suits, reindeer and what looks like a giant parachute, just flattened to the ground as far as the eye can see.
Not to the point of hate, but I’m not fond of mechanicals for household use. I enjoy a nodding reindeer, a hammering elf, or a snoring Santa in the mall as much as anyone, but they just don’t look right for home use. My mother was starting in this direction when I left for college, but luckily never went too far into it. I think she has about 3 mechanical units that she never drags out anymore.
Anyway, what’s YOUR least favorite holiday decorating element(s)?