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Poll: So how tacky are blow-ups really?

We've always been an anti-inflatable household. Yes, I like colored Christmas lights, no I don't want a Griswold family Christmas. Now we have a nearly 2yo DS and I just know he would go freaking nutso excited to have an inflatable. The tackier the better (read: snow globe with snow blowing, critters on teeter totters, anything with Elmo, Mickey, Pooh and friends). It may be a moot point b/c our budget is beyond tight and I'm not sure I can even find a sale right now, but how much do you judge lol? Honestly, I don't give a flying fig b/c my DS would love it, but DH is resisting!

Re: Poll: So how tacky are blow-ups really?

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  • I've seen some holiday blow-ups that are tacky but cute- I'm a sucker for all things penguin related.

    BUT, those blow-ups are terrible for energy consumption!  Between the lighting, the blower and the rotating/bouncing/moving figures inside, they consume quite a lot of electricity.  Keep that in mind when figuring out the overall cost of the decoration.

  • We bought one last year. I only kept it on at night, and during the day it was deflated. I went away for the day and night, and we had a heavy snowfall. The thing got BURIED under a couple of feet of snow....I couldn't even pull it out. I just had to unplug it and wait for spring, LOL.
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  • If they're tacky, then 1/2 of the US is tacky.
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  • image MarynJoe:
    If they're tacky, then 1/2 of the US is tacky.

    This is exactly what I was thinking! Looking around my neighborhood, quite a few houses have them, and I woulnd't say the people in my neighborhood are tacky by any stretch of the imagination.

  • I think the only thing tacky about them is the way they look when they're all deflated in the yard during the day. That's a hot mess. Otherwise it's not that I find them tacky, I just think they're for babies, and we don't plan on having any. My H likes them and wants one for Easter and I told him no. SD is 12 years old, not 3, so unless it was a big, inflatable John Cena or Justin Bieber, I don't think she'd care about having one. ;)
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  • image festivegal2008:
    I think the only thing tacky about them is the way they look when they're all deflated in the yard during the day. That's a hot mess. Otherwise it's not that I find them tacky, I just think they're for babies, and we don't plan on having any. My H likes them and wants one for Easter and I told him no. SD is 12 years old, not 3, so unless it was a big, inflatable John Cena or Justin Bieber, I don't think she'd care about having one. ;)

     

    I thought decorations were for all to enjoy....the people looking at the house as well as the people living there, (and it sounds like at least one of you would enjoy it).

    We have inflatables, but we don't use them every year...or all at once.lol  We didn't get any until after our kids were grown and out of the house, and before grandchildren....they are just to make people smile.

    As for energy use, there are only a few lights inside, and the blower.  I think the ones that move do so with either air flow or possibly a switch, but not much more power consumption.  We use far more energy with lights than with an inflatable, although we have switched to led and solar lights for the house and shrubs.

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