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There's a brick house near both my former workplace and the MD SPCA* which has an entire constellation of wallkats, in a sort of sunburst design, on the back wall...

Sweet. I'll swing by when I'm looking at the lights this weekend.

Cate
Fortunately, "Salt & Pepper Santa" (his body is a salt shaker, the chimney is pepper) jumped in to block those sneaky Geckos from wreaking carnage on the sheep.

But someone has lain waste to a couple of the sheep. Poor, poor sheep. Senselessly slaughtered by marauding creche geckos.

Cate
Sweet. I'll swing by when I'm looking at the lights this weekend.

It's best seen by going south on Keswick, and turning right when the 7-11 is on your left. The back of the house-with-wallkats faces the back of the house that has the computer shop in it. If you then turn right again on Chestnut, you'll go north on the block replete with "lawn" art. (I have to put "lawn" in quotation marks, because a lot of the miniscule front yards are actually concreted.)
And to report on other areas... my agility instructor just returned from a trial in North Carolina (at which, btw, NADAC raised over $12,000.00 for Toys for Tots), and whilst there spotted a giant Homer Claus in one yard. For the rest, I'll quote her partner:
"In one yard, there were maybe 30 groups of tall plant hangers grouped in 3s and on each hanger there was a maybe 10" white plastic ball. It looked sort of like giant golf ball city but maybe they lit up at night??

A bit further down the road, we came upon a literal plastic army. There were RANKS of plastic toy soldiers set up in squadrons, hell, there must have been a battalion! Surrounding the army in neat ranks were plastic snowmen. I'll bet there were hundreds of these plastic decorations. I can't describe it nearly well enough and I cannot imagine how many plugs or extension cords lighting the army takes!"
Fortunately, "Salt & Pepper Santa" (his body is a salt ... block those sneaky Geckos from wreaking carnage on the sheep.

But someone has lain waste to a couple of the sheep. Poor, poor sheep. Senselessly slaughtered by marauding creche geckos.

I asked Soren and he says those sheep had fainted from excitement from seeing Santa. What a relief.
He also explained the Christmas Pickle is there to help the Gloria Angel spread the news. Interesting. I didn't have time to press him for details: is the Christmas Pickle & the Gloria Angel spreading the news of Jesus' birth, alerting everyone to the danger of marauding creche geckos or that Salt & Pepper Santa is here?
I love the way "marauding creche geckos" rolls off the tongue. Really a lovely phrase.
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Pablo, Lucy and Syd
The other new development is that Soren hung the Christmas Pickle* off the manger roof next to the Gloria Angel.

The Christmas pickle.
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I have to ask- have you ever actually seen one of the ones that is clearly a deliberate cariacature?

I think I can picture what would be a deliverate cariacature. And no, I don't think I've ever seen one - although since I can picture it, I'm thinking I may have somewhere. I can't even imagine where.

The basic lawn jockey that I picure is maybe three or four feet tall, a man dressed in a red jacket and basic livery, I'm thinking with a cap, brown or black skin but what would be considered "white" features. One arm is extended to hold a hitching ring - or in more modern versions, a light.

I have seen deliberate modifications to the basic theme - usually a frog standing in livery. And I seem to remember a Mickey Mouse also in the same red jacket and same position - but that memory can't be right - Disney never would have approved that, would they?
~~Judy
The other new development is that Soren hung the Christmas Pickle* off the manger roof next to the Gloria Angel. ... on the tree on Christmas eve, whoever finds it gets an extra present and good luck for the next year.)

I need to replace our Christmas Pickle ornament.
Bodhi crunched ours last year. Along with 4 or 5 other ornaments that were apparently hanging too low on the branches for him (he has a real affinity for wooden things in particular).
Soren to pick and he went for the bright red & green plaid. photos

Oh my...Soren is Cool. :-)
Shelly & The Boys
I asked Soren and he says those sheep had fainted from excitement from seeing Santa. What a relief.

I love it when kids come up with stuff like this.
I love the way "marauding creche geckos" rolls off the tongue. Really a lovely phrase.

Could be an interesting band name, if a bit long. Maybe just 'The Creche Geckos.' Definitely punk.
Cate
Well Soren's crèche is a fluid work of . . . um . . . biblical interpretation. The wise power ... a salt shaker, the chimney is pepper) jumped in to block those sneaky Geckos from wreaking carnage on the sheep.

I'm laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes. Great pictures, too. Good work, Soren!
Dianne