Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Irrational Exuberance

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Seasonal Decorations BW

Younger readers or those outside the US and Canada may not know the novelty Christmas song from decades ago, I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas. Sung by one Yogi Yorgesson with a broad and probably fake Scandinavian accent, it tells a story of uncontrolled behavior brought about by holiday madness. There are lots of examples around this week.

This house in St. Louis' suburbs is far from the craziest but it's not bad. Nothing expresses the spirituality of the season better than an inflatable Homer Simpson wearing a Santa suit on the front lawn. It was tough to decide whether to use this or the color version of the picture on today's post. In the end, I decided the stripped-down version was the stranger of the two.

If you want so see some really outlandish Christmas home decorations, check this set on Flickr. What does it all mean? Semioticians, have at it.

8 comments:

Olivier said...

Je prefere la version b&w, qui est vraiment superbe. Rien de spiritual, c'est vrai, mais juste la folie de noel ;)

cieldequimper said...

A bit strange to me.

lewi14 said...

I like it!

Nathalie said...

You're right, nothing beats an inflatable Homer Simpson wearing a Santa suit on the front lawn! Thanks for the b&w, it makes the whole thing bearable.
Thanks for the link - are they houses around St Louis or are they all over the U.S.?

A few houses are getting into Xmas outdoor home decorations but they remain few and far apart.

Carla said...

What crazy characters. Christmas brings out the creative in us! Carla

Anonymous said...

Maybe Macy's just needs an inflatable BELIEVE meter to move that needle to the other side.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Doh! You're right, b&w is where it's at. Ya gotta love our country's kitch. I really do.

Sue said...

I miss the Christmas lawn ornaments in St. Louis - they can be quite crazy. Love the photo!