Christmas Inflatables: Fabulous Blowups for Your Home & Yard
You've seen it before: the colossal inflatable Santa sprawling across your neighbor's lawn, flailing in the slightest breeze, casting a hellish glow over the landscaping, and transforming the cul-de-sac into a nightmare version of a used car lot.
It's always the house with the garden gnomes and primary color paint job that has the tackiest holiday decor. The inflatables were proof of that. Secretly, you may have been in awe, but more likely you were wondering why anyone in their right mind would ever, EVER choose to decorate a yard like that.
Fast forward to the present...
Christmas inflatables have come a long way since their introduction. They're smaller now, more varied, more tasteful, and better made. They're better in practically every respect. They no longer require the entire output of an electric power plant to keep them operating. They blend in with a yard display, rather than dominating it. They can be a centerpiece decoration or a complementary piece of your magical Christmas landscape. They serve equally well either way.
Christmas Inflatables: How They Work
Inflatable Christmas decorations are like nylon balloons. A miniature electric fan does the job of pumping them full of air, and in some cases a built-in LED light illuminates them at night. As long as the fan is running and the nylon body remains intact, the decoration remains inflated.
Most inflatables use AC power; some give you the option of drawing on AC power or batteries. With battery power, you can position your Christmas inflatable almost anywhere. You no longer have to be in reach of an electrical outlet.
How to Install an Inflatable Decoration
1. Remove the inflatable from the box. You can try to inflate it in the box, but you'll only meet with disappointment. We swear to the fact that this has been attempted.
2. Read the setup instructions. We're telling you this only because we know you probably won't.
3. Select an area of the yard and drive in yard stakes to anchor the inflatable. Attach the inflatable's anchor lines to the yard stakes and tighten.
4. Plug the inflatable into an extension cord or install batteries in its battery case. Turn on the fan and light. Your Christmas inflatable is now ready for prime time. You're the envy of the neighborhood. Soak it in.
5. To install an inflatable indoors, use tape instead of stakes to anchor the lines. Please do NOT pound yard stakes into your oak tile flooring.
6. Small Christmas inflatables are weighted at the bottom for stability and don't depend on anchor lines. If you've bought a weighted inflatable, you can ignore these instructions.
6 Good Reasons to Consider a Christmas Inflatable
1. Inflatables are cheap. A one-time investment will provide many years of holiday pleasure.
2. Inflatables are easy to install. Compare the installation just described to the sometimes-painful process of putting up Christmas lights, famously depicted in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
3. Inflatables stand out. How much easier is it to guide first-time visitors to your home at night with a light-up inflatable snowman, candy cane, or Santa to show the way? Your inflatable will be a beacon on rocky suburban shoals.
4. Inflatables simplify the holiday decorating. A couple of Christmas inflatables will do more to bring a yard to life than many strings of lights and a dozen standard decorations.
5. Inflatables are cool. C'mon, how exciting is that log reindeer you drag out of storage year after year? Set aside your emotional ties and look at things objectively.
6. Inflatables need very little storage space. Uninflated, these decorations fold down to the size of a toaster box. Compare that to the storage for your log reindeer.