Inflatable Decorations :: Love ’em or Hate ’em?

Growing up, I loved the classic Christmas look. White icicle lights hanging from the gutters, majestic looking reindeer in the front yard, and trees wrapped with lights. As an adult now, I understand the time commitment it takes to accomplish such as classic and magical Christmas display. When we bought our house, I’ve kept to some of these preferences, such as having white lights on the Christmas tree and I put up icicle lights. But the remainder of my holiday décor is much more simple. Still, I did NOT want any inflatable decorations.

My first Christmas as a homeowner, my husband and I bought a few pop-up Christmas displays. The first year we disassembled and put them back in the boxes. Every year after, we tossed the boxes and kept them in “pop-up” mode in our attic to save set up time. So far, most of these decorations have held up for the 5 years we have lived in our house.

However, with the addition of kids, we’ve created a tradition of decorating the house for other holidays as well. Anything from Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more. My younger children have different tastes than I may prefer. So I found myself buying my first ever inflatable decoration – something I was previously so opposed to – a Mickey Mouse Halloween inflatable. This inflatable made both of my kids so happy. It was incredibly easy to install and even easier to neatly store in my attic until next Halloween.

After buying my first inflatable, I could see the appeal to them.

All I needed was an extension cord, the few stakes each inflatable came with and viola, within 5 minutes I had put up several decorations and a fully decorated yard. The time savings is unreal. The inflatable decorations of course deflate, fold up nicely into the boxes and take up considerably less room in the attic. My kids love having something in the yard to reflect the current season. These decorations can be as elaborate and expensive as you’d personally like, or you can even find some for just $10. It’s so easy to customize inflatable decorations to your budget. We love to go on neighborhood walks while the sun is still up and see these inflatable decorations, pointing out the various details in each display. Our walks seem to be longer and more enjoyable with extra things to look at, no need to wait until dark to see displays!

So you can find inflatable decorations in my yard. I’ve changed my mind about inflatable decorations and have come to appreciate them for all the benefits they bring.

What is your holiday décor preference?

Emily is a dual citizen, residing in Lafayette, Louisiana, yet a temporary visitor in her other residency of Germany. She is a wife of four years and full time working mother to two kids: a 2.5 year old girl (C) and 5 month old boy (H). Having graduated from LSU with her bachelors, she continued her education by getting her Masters in Business Administration from UL. Working in management in retail, her schedule frequently varies and consists of unusual hours, but she embraces that as extra time with her children. While off the clock, Emily pours herself a cup of decaf coffee, plays in a room filled with toddler toys, teaches her children German, and attempts to be a scrunchy Montessori inspired mama with goals of raising independent children.

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