On the subject of the American art of exaggeration (going back to one or two posts from last year on this theme), naturally the natives here have to take Christmas decorations to a whole new level. You go past entire houses lit up with gaudy lights, with enormous, illuminated Santas, elves, reindeers and Christmas trees installed in front gardens.
But these, I discovered recently, are still entirely dwarfed by a ludicrously brash, ridiculously over-the-top, hilariously kitsch Disney-inspired Christmas wonderland / scene from hell at a house in the middle of the Bronx, off the Pelham Parkway. You simply cannot believe your eyes when you go past the house. On display in front of the house, on the roof, in the back garden, everywhere on the premises, are countless, somewhat grotesque, life-sized figurines – some religious characters, some Santa-inspired and some cartoon characters – dancing, rotating, gesticulating to the enthralled onlookers; all the while accompanied by a tinny musical soundtrack of Christmas ditties.
Here are some pics of the Christmas decorations to end all Christmas decorations:
Kind of hideously life-sized dancing figures:
Santa’s reindeer-drawn sleigh on the roof, with Minnie Mouse:
Angels astride the garden shed:
From this angle, you can see Micky Mouse too:
Shepherds, angels, palm trees: