I just don’t get the appeal of the nutcracker soldier/doll or whatever it is. They’re frightening looking - they should be a Halloween decoration. And they’re ugly! They have weird, fuzzy hair sticking out and usually a bad mustache and/or beard. How did that get to be a Christmas decoration? Was it just from the ballet The Nutcracker? I went to see The Nutcracker years ago (I didn’t know much about it beforehand) and thought to myself as I watched, “Why would the little girl, Clara be so excited to get THAT as a gift?!”
Is there anything that’s a crummier Christmas decoration than a nutcracker?
Our worst decoration is a plastic rocket that upon the push of a button emits a long series of different electronic rocket-like noises, all of them obnoxiously grating. It was given to my son when he was about 5. Finally, after 20 years, the battery has died.
Decades ago, when I rented an apartment in a house, down the street, this family would leave their orange jack-o-lantern trash bags full of leaves out in their yard through Christmas and will into February. So yes, orange jack-o-lantern trash bags are crummier Christmas decorations than nutcrackers.
We have a neighbor who decorates his yard with Christmas gnomes every year. They look like regular gnomes with white beards, but they all wear Santa hats. There are gnomes carrying Santa-like bags over their shoulders, gnomes decorating Christmas trees, gnomes hanging stockings on a mantle, gnomes carrying giant candy canes, gnomes on sleds being pulled by reindeer, one gnome handing another gnome a large Christmas gift, gnomes scaling small chimneys with bags of presents, gnomes building snowmen, you name it! The whole scene is nauseating & I’d take nutcrackers any day over gnomes.
One near me is more unusual then bad. He has a vertical pipe that goes up about 30 feet. He then trickles water out of it all the time in freezing weather. This produces a huge freaking Xmas tree shaped mount of ice. On a good year it must weigh 10,000 lbs. At times he has lights on it.
When I lived in Clearwater, FL, area 15-ish years ago, there was a guy who had a big piece of land with a circular driveway. In the middle of this driveway area, he had rigged up some kind of machine–it was snowman shaped–that condensed the moisture in the air around it and made a snowman in the middle of 80[sup]o[/sup] December Florida! He had a sign on the main drag pointing into his property that read “Cold Frosty.” You just had to drive in for a look-see.