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Friday, January 11, 2008

In Defense of Inflatable Decor...

I recently read an article, (in the NY Times, I believe), bemoaning the existence (and popularity) of inflatable holiday decorations, due to the supposedly down-market, trailer park aura they create. This really got my dander up, as my husband & I have become Big Time Inflatable Enthusiasts, and we consider ourselves decidedly Up-Market (not to mention Hip & With-It).
Prior to the arrival of the the Inflatables, we messed with lights, but they rapidly became an endless & heartbreaking nightmare of missing bulbs and shorted, tangled wiring. (I still have a batch of lightless, metal Lawn Deer up in the attic that I am determined to someday fill with Sphagnum Moss & plant ivy in, thus creating Deer Topiaries...) The Elkhorn Inn is a BIG building, and we have a LOT of "yard", and it would take a Helluvalota lights (& a generator...) to Do It Right With Light...
I do have visions of the Inn & Theatre elegantly rimmed with white lights & the trees wrapped with tiny bulbs a la Tavern On The Green, but until we win Lotto (or the Welcome Wagon finally turns up w/a cherry picker in tow...), our Inflatables provide an easily manageable and Extremely cheering sight, especially once winter turns everything Out Here In The Country a depressing and leafless brownish-grey. (And in the snow they look Absolutely Fabulous!) Tacky?! I think not!

When we first arrived in McDowell County, after the devastating 2002 floods, there were no lights- & I really do mean No Lights. There were literally no holiday decorations, and hardly a light on in a window between Bluefield and Welch. In the last five years, more and more holiday decorations have appeared in the mountains, and the giant, glowing Inflatables are the happiest and most cheering of them all. (There is Nothing sadder than holiday lights missing 1/2 their bulbs...) The Inflatables constitute "Martha Stewart For Idiots": you plug 'em in, the little fan starts whirring, they immeditely light up & blow up, & Voila!: Instant Joy!
We started with the Giant 8' Snowman, and he was such a success (you can see him from Way Down Route 52, towering over our sign!), that we rapidly acquired (thank you, eBay!) a veritable Hallmark Calendar of discounted inflatable decor: Valentine's Bear, Leprechaun, Motorcycle Bunny, Uncle Sam, Scarecrow on Pumpkin, Turkey, the 8' Hanukkah Menorah, NASCAR Santa, and our newest on-sale acquisition: Airplane Santa. As it's now January, we are about to take down our Festive Winter Decor & put up "I Love You" Bear...


NOTE: We are still seeking the following giant, inflatables, which even I, eBay Queen of Landgraff, have been unable to locate: an ATV, a Coal Miner, a Dreidle, a Shofar, a Lulav/Esrog, something for Purim (a giant, 8' inflatable Gragger?), and a helicopter, as a special treat for my US Army Aviation Retired husband...) And don't forget President's Day & Labor Day & Veteran's Day, and...


It's my understanding that it's now only acceptable in this PC world to use "plug-&-play" inflatable decor if it's done with a heavy dose of Irony, & so Ironically I am posting pix of the Elkhorn Inn's Winter Wonderland in all it's glory, including our new string of "Remington Shotgun Shell Holiday Lights" (made from real red & green shotgun shells! In China!), 3 of our Hanukkah Menorot in the windows, and "Hot Tub Hanukkah"...


3 comments:

walt said...

We can manufacture giant inflatables, please visit our website http://www.inflatablecn.com to have a look.
And we are good at holiday inflatables, :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Elisse and Dan, first of all thank you for your service to our country. We are an retired Army family ourselves. I lived in a trailor several times in my life, and now we live in a $300,000 dollar home. We are in suburbia, and all our neighbors enjoy inflatable decor. It doesn't matter what kind of a house you live in, it's what's in your heart that counts. Inflatables are a safe way to enjoy all holidays.
God Bless our inflatables and our country.

christina said...

they are the greatest. i love decorating my yard. our neighbors were moving and they came over and said they were going to miss my yard the most as they said i brought life to our block. i also have lots of inflatable. almost every holiday. i'm so ready for valentines day. your yard looks awsome also! christina in kansas