When Holiday Decor Goes Too Far

Real Estate Agent with Chapman Hall Premier Realtors

Many homeowners are decking their interiors and exteriors with boughs of holly and other festive accoutrement—but how much is too much? Some homeowners say they’ve confronted their neighbors about what they consider to be “obnoxious” holiday decorations, according to a new survey by furniture retailer Joybird.



Those who live in the West are most likely—at 13 percent—to have a confrontation with neighbors over holiday decorations, compared to 8 percent in the Northeast and 6 percent each in the Midwest and South. What’s turning them into Scrooges? Different types of decor offend different generations. For example, 36 percent of baby boomers call giant, inflatable yard decorations “tacky,” compared to 27 percent of Generation Xers and 23 percent of millennials who agree.  The younger generations were more likely to call inflatables “good,” “festive,” or “fun.”


Joybird chart of inflatable holiday decorations

© Joybird


The survey also revealed that most Americans prefer the ease of using a fake Christmas tree rather than a real one, 66 percent versus 32 percent, respectively. Most also prefer classic or modern holiday decorating styles, with baby boomers showing the most affinity.


Joybird chart of holiday decoration styles

© Joybird


If you’re going to play holiday music to set the mood, the top-rated songs are:

  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
  • “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I'm a typical Baby-Boomer on these topics TIM GRISSETT 

Dec 18, 2018 08:26 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, TIM GRISSETT some inflatables are fun...others, not so much.... 

Dec 18, 2018 08:26 AM #2
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

If the inflatables are not being inflated 24/7,then they look like laundry scattered on the front lawn!

Dec 18, 2018 08:35 AM #3
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Tim,

For some decor, the question is: what happens, when you are done using it? Seems like a lot of future landfill material to me. Real trees get recycled & returned to us as mulch (at least in our area).

Dec 18, 2018 09:39 AM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Inflatables are easy to set up & make a big impact at minimal effort. Some look got but when a yard has several of these in their yard it gets tacky.

Dec 18, 2018 01:56 PM #5
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