As I’ve noted in previous years, I love San Jose’s Christmas in the Park tradition.
Each year, a park downtown is filled with horrible animatronic displays and trees decorated by organizations such as businesses, schools, and Scouts. The ornaments usually lean toward being weatherproof and on the cheap side, so they won’t be worth stealing, which often adds a note of tacky fun. Sometimes they’re frankly awful, which is even better from my point of view. Recycled materials often have a starring roll.
Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorites from this year’s display.
Flying Spaghetti Monster. Somebody did a great job of whipping up this tree topper out of balls and pipe cleaners.
A strand of DNA. More clever use of pipe cleaners.
A galaxy, one of many wonders to be appreciated on the garland of the tree decorated by the Atheist Community of San Jose. The atheist tree is always a delight.
Creature with soulless eyes, holding batteries. Now I’m definitely in the holiday spirit.
Fun and clever candy-themed decorations.
This was an anti-smoking tree. I’m not a smoker and I feel for those who are hooked, wish to quit, and have trouble doing so.
That said, sometimes I also have the emotional age of a nine year old boy. I find the idea of a Christmas ornament with somebody puffing away on a cigarette hilarious.
Danny Dwagon!!! He’s here fwom Happy Howwow to hewp Santa Cwaus dewiver pweasants!!!
Uh oh … so elves come out the back ends of dragons? I had no idea. I think I was happier when I didn’t know.
Female elf in drag. “Sorry, girls. If you wanna work in Santa’s workshop, you’ll have to wear a beard.”
Clever use of plastic cups. Fill ‘em with beer, chug the beer down, make a snowman. Perfect, except for the fact that I loathe beer.
From a tree decorated with gourds. Somebody did a great job painting this one.
Grinch tree. Clever and minimalist. Throw green netting over the whole thing, stick on some facial features, and you’re done.
Another Grinch tree. Photo provided so that loyal readers can compare and contrast the two.
Neat idea for a tree topper.
Jack Skellington. It’s hard to beat a tree with Tim Burton-inspired decorations.
Oh, how fun! It’s the cast of the Wizard of Oz!
Wait. What is that … thing … on the back of Toto’s basket? Did the Tin Woodsman lop off Dorothy’s hand?
Tree topper made out of whatever the hell you have on hand. I approve.
Pineapple made from pine cone. Very clever.
More minimalism. Toss purple netting over the top and call it done. Yeah. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
Nice sampling of ornaments made from recycled goods.
Santa and his reindeer, with Rudolph hiding out in a none-too-pleasant snow grotto.
“Rudolph? Get your butt up here! Like it or not, you’re leading my sleigh tonight, mister!”
DARE to keep snowmen off drugs.
Fun. This is the mullet equivalent of a snowman, with business up front and wildness in the back.
Check out meditating Santa, who’s on the back.
There’s also this dude, who I nicknamed “Nightmare in the Box”.
Christmas tree? Taco Bell intestinal mishap? The possibilities are limitless.
Another snowman, this time very Japanese.
I think this creature rates its own horror movie, don’t you?