Christmas is awesome. Of course, there are the obvious perks: spending time with friends and family, opening gifts and getting away from work. Oh yeah, and celebrating the birth of our Savior.
But beyond the obligatory emphasis on thankfulness and the annual time of reflection it affords, Christmas has come to represent something very peculiar to our generation. Here, the line between corny and cool becomes so blurred that even the hippest among us could be caught wearing a snowman sweater, sipping a glass of eggnog and fighting back tears while watching a cheesy Santa movie. Yes, somewhere between our too-cool hipsterism and our anti-mainstream cynicism, we lose our sense of irony. That careful detachment becomes sincere affection, just like it did for skinny jeans and Chuck Norris.
How does Christmas force us to fall in love with it? Are the corny, over-the-top expressions of kitsch actually showing us who we really are? Do we just love Christmas cookies? Are we all crazy?
In search of an answer, we bring you seven things it’s still OK to completely love about the Christmas season.
1. Inflatable lawn ornaments
Nothing can take a neat, suburban front yard and give it a classy makeover like an 8-foot-tall, rotating, inflatable nativity scene. Combining the tasteful subtlety of a two-story snow globe with a Homer Simpson Santa Claus, inflatable lawn ornaments can take any Christmas-spiritless yard and turn it into an understated, stylish, eye-searing holiday extravaganza. Looking to add a little whimsy to your light display? How about something like a triple-life-sized Snoopy riding a motorcycle? (Don’t worry—he’s wearing a Santa hat, so it totally makes sense.) Or maybe you’re more of the Garfield-tangled-up-in-Christmas-lights type? The possibilities are bewilderingly limitless. Just a few dozen yards of extension cord can turn your lawn into the winter-wonderland-slash-used-car-lot scene that you, your family and your neighbors have always dreamed about.