Finding the Griswolds

21 Dec

This weekend, Ike, Buster and I set off to find the Griswolds of Little Rock. If you haven’t seen Christmas Vacation and thus have no idea what I’m talking about, I don’t even know where to start.

Ok, fine.

In this modern Christmas classic, Clark Griswold spends hours covering his house with over 20,000 twinkle lights and filling his yard with plastic figurines. When his lights finally blaze into the night sky, his neighbors’ power supply is zapped and people are almost blinded by the light. Very funny.

So when I think Griswold Christmas décor, I think over the top, slightly tacky and always bursting with WOW! Factor. Continue reading to see the shining Griswold inspired examples we found on our mission. May your days be merry and bright this Christmas season.  (see what I did there?)

Armed with only travel coffee mugs, Sufjan Stevens Christmas albums and plenty of heart, we hit the neighborhoods in our surrounding area to find the families who love inflatable characters and excessive lights the most. Here are the best of the best.

Best Inflatable Snowmen:

Nothing says cool like a motorcycle. So this Snowman is ice cold. All right?

Can you say “heart attack”? I can just imagine it now…

“Dad” is late for work. He’s rushing out the door, and AHHHHHH! He forgets the snowman is RIGHT THERE for the 4th time this week (and it’s only Tuesday).

Best Inflatable Santas:

Santa Claus is mowin’ to town. You better watch out…all you people with overgrown grass! This one gets bonus points for creepy snowman peaking out behind Tractor Claus.

Ahh, yes. The very Christmas-y Santa with Speedboat series.


I saved the best for last.

I bet the kids laugh every time they see Santa being pantsed by a dog. Why hasn’t this image been translated into a Christmas song yet?

Best Creative Combinations:

Synchronized animatronics jack-in-the-box characters! Where do people find this stuff?

There’s Santa!

Wait for it…there’s his penguin pal!

I personally giggle the most when I can spy a Razorback, 2 nativity scenes, a giant Santa, an angel, a bulbous bear and a snowman all in one picture. And that was only half the yard.

Best Of Show:

Truly awe inspiring. Although, I fear that the size of Santa and his minions companions will haunt my dreams.

I hope you have time to find the Griswolds in your neighborhood. It’s a fun and free Christmas activity. And if you don’t feel like being slightly cynical, you can even look for pretty houses like this one.

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