Every year, Kevin and I drive around our neighborhood (and others) in an attempt to find the tackiest house. Actually, it should be noted that this was a tradition begun by my mother when I was but a wee little lass. It helps to ease the stress of working retail during the holidays. Anyhoo, we were out and about last night, and just when we thought we’d found the absolute worst house ever (illuminated plastic sheep, the standard illluminated nativity scene, et all), we spotted it.
Many of you know that the movie Christmas Vacation is a holiday staple in the Donahue household. We know every line by heart. So imagine our surprise when we really did come across the Tenement on Wheels parked in front of the most hideous house on the street (not our street, mind you…not even our neighborhood). You know how they say you can see Las Vegas, New York, and the Great Wall of China from space? Well, they got nothing on this house. Three, count ‘em three illuminated plastic nativity scenes! Inflateable snowmen! Lots and lots of plastic illuminated soldiers circling a flagpole! Magenta lights! Blue lights! Green lights! 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights! Absolutely NO surface left untouched by plastic yard art or half-flashing lights! And all this with the RV parked in front, along with a tore-up pick-up truck.
Ahhhhh……There it is! I just found my Christmas spirit!