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Dept. of Hideous Xmas Decorations, Part Two

Posted by John / November 30, 2006

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MP contributor Chip apologies for the darkness of this photo of a Greek restaurant on the Prince Arthur pedestrian strip. But it's not so dark that you can't see a classic Xmas theme nicely overdone here. Not one but two Santas! I'm tempted to make fun, but there's something wonderfully unironic about this display that prevents me from doing so. I believe that the designer of this wanted two Santas, a snowman, a penguin, and a polar bear and made it happen out of love. And I thank him or her for this.

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asmaa / December 1, 2006 at 12:33 am
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i didn't know santa and frosty were a couple.
Trixie / December 1, 2006 at 05:12 am
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John, I'm glad you didn't mock this display, because though it is hideous and creepy, it is also so sad as to be downright poignant. If you had made fun of it...well, that might have made me cry.
sean / December 1, 2006 at 08:51 am
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You didn't even mention the best part - they move! The front santa dances and the polar bear band grooves and plays music.

I submit three WHOLE seconds of video of the Santa last year before he got a bigger posse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiQg-jv0LSY
Chip / December 1, 2006 at 09:39 am
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That IS the best/worst part - the polar bear swivels and sings xmas carols - non stop. It took forever to get any pictures because some 2 year old was completely mesmorized by the action and wouldn't move out of the way.
OJ / December 1, 2006 at 10:23 am
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It's amazing how the lobster festival and xmas overlap.
drew / December 1, 2006 at 11:48 am
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I don't think these Xmas decorations are hideous. I like them--of course the child was mesmorized; I can barely stop staring at the photo. I think they are super cool and I wish I had them in my yard.
J Mac / December 1, 2006 at 12:35 pm
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Well, without getting into a discussion of high vs. low culture, let me just note that I made a point of resisting the urge to mock. Or, actually, I just didn't have the urge in the first place. Tackiness (and hideousness) aren't necessarily bad things. I also like this.
Hannah / December 1, 2006 at 04:16 pm
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Do you think you can reserve one of the tables outside and dine with Santa and his crew?

But it is kinda creepy: Santa is too lifelike, yet remarkably petite. Do we really know that that mesmorized kid had all his marbles, maybe he's going to grow up to be a Frosty-killer.
drew / December 2, 2006 at 05:03 pm
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Yeah, as my friend Trixie just pointed out to me, maybe we should learn how to spell "mesmerized" correctly before we start making any comments--untoward or otherwise--about other people's Xmas decorating habits. She may have a point. She has certainly made me feel like a moron.
Trixie / December 2, 2006 at 08:46 pm
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In my defence, I was nowhere near as critical as Drew just made me sound. I just expressed amusement that everyone in the thread took the wrong spelling of mesmerized and ran with it. Another option, of course, is the British way: "mesmerised". But, really, I don't want to step on anyone's free-spelling toes. Just do whatever is in your heart, man.
Omar / December 3, 2006 at 06:16 pm
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...bunch of jesus freaks...
cjm / December 3, 2006 at 09:46 pm
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Non, non, non. "Homard" is french for "lobster", not "jesus".

I am glad this got documented, btw. It disturbed/mesmerized (sp?) me the other day, and I meant to inform the Dept. of Hideous Xmas Decorations, post haste. I only wish that one of the Santas was playing a bouzouki.
Matthew Hiscock / December 4, 2006 at 02:37 pm
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Normally I'm not a violent man, but every time I walk by this I'm subject to two different, yet equally strong emotions:

1) I want to punch that hideous moving Santa!

2) Why has nobody yet punched this hideous moving Santa?!
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