5th Day of Christmas: Decorations that make your friends and family go, “Huh?”

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What–if anything–do you display in your house (for a holiday or just because) that has ever garnered you strange looks from the relatives? If you have nothing of this variety, what would you like to put into your house to make people shake their heads in wonder?

Mine is this:

EneMan Ornament

A stuffed enema with a Santa hat hanging from the chandelier in my dining room.

I’d considered leaving at this, but I’ll be nice and explain.

For nearly half of a decade my husband worked in colorectal surgery. Drug reps would come the to hospital and leave things: free samples, pens with their company or the drug they were trying to sell printed on the side, note pads, or other small trinkets such s a stuffed enema named EneMan.

My husband, romantic soul that he is, gave me the original EneMan as some sort of present, I can’t remember if it was a birthday or anniversary or what, but one of those special days I got in my car to see a stuffed enema tied around my rearview mirror with suture.

Hanging from the mirror

Without scissors, I was unable to cut it down immediately and had to feast my eyes on a stuffed enema swinging from the rearview mirror as I drove around town! By the time I got home, I’d practically forgotten it was even there. Thus began a new chapter in our lives. A chapter where EneMan became our family’s “mascot”, in a sense. He went with us just about everywhere:

Chesapeake Bay Tunnel, Virginia 2009
Chesapeake Bay Tunnel, Virginia 2009
EneMan cruisin' down I-20
Cruisin’ down I-20 nearing Alabama, July 2012
Lake Champlain Ferry
Boarding a ferry to cross Lake Champlain from New York to Vermont, 2010
He even rode the MS-150 bike ride from Tulsa to Oklahoma City with us
He even rode the MS-150 bike ride from Tulsa to Oklahoma City with us, September 2012

I know it’s weird. I’m weird. This thing stays in my car at all times and when we travel anywhere, he’s right there with us: camping trips, road trips, mission trips. You name it. I have literally hundreds of pictures of my kids and husband (and even me) holding this thing. It’s just part of who we are. (My mother-in-law positively hates it, by the way, which might be a reason I allow this disturbing tradition to continue.)

Anyway, so while the real EneMan lives in my glove box until it’s time to get on the dashboard or go on a hike, my husband stumbled upon an ornament-sized EneMan , wearing a Santa hat, last year and of course he just had to have it. Since we don’t usually put up a Christmas tree, we take turns each year hanging it up in bizarre places. Last year, I hung it from the handle on one of the kitchen cabinets.  This year, he hung it from the bottom of the chandelier that hangs above our dining table.

All right, I’ve made MY confession. So now it’s your turn to make me not feel so weird and admit yours! What do you hang up or do that makes people shake their heads in awe?

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37 thoughts on “5th Day of Christmas: Decorations that make your friends and family go, “Huh?””

  1. Oh my! Is all I have to say about your EneMan. I really don’t have a good answer for this one. I do use all the boys hand made ornaments to decorate our tree, no matter what they look like. I don’t go for the professional look. We do have other ornaments on our tree as well. The only other thing I can think would be the couple of years our tree was decorated with all my husband’s Star Wars and and Star Trek ornaments. Unless you were a fan I don’t think it was appreciated. Some of them even talked and every time you turned the tree on I would have to hear them all. Those ornaments have been nicely stored away for a few years now.

    1. That’d be really fun, actually. Talking ornaments!

      I set my kids’ past Christmas ornaments and what not out around the house as decorations since we don’t do a tree.

      1. Lauralynn, I wasn’t saying there was anything wrong with them, just that if people weren’t fans then we got weird looks. Not so much the Star Wars ones, but you definitely have to be a Trekkie to appreciate talking Borg cubes and Warf wishing you a Merry Christmas in Klingon.

      2. Oh, my, Sarah, I knew you weren’t saying that. I just thought it was funny. LOL. I couldn’t reply directly to your comment because this blog only allows three replies, but I hope I got this in the thread anyway. 🙂

      3. I want to know where I can get me a Worf Christmas-in-Klingon ornament. That would shoot my geek cred through the roof, when combined with the ice cubes in holiday drinks from my Han Solo in Carbonite ice cube tray.

  2. I don’t put a traditional topper on our tree. I have been unable to find a beautiful angel, so I usually use something else. This year it is a big feather wreath. My daughters think that is just too weird. Maybe I will show them EneMan…but then I would have to explain him… 🙂

    1. Maybe I will show them EneMan…but then I would have to explain him…

      LOL My kids are so absorbed about his presence and the attention he gets that when they asked what he’s used for in real life, we told them and they just shrugged and went on their way.

      I must admit, it took some real courage to post this as I know it’s not really normal or even something most people would want to think about.

  3. I can’t compete with EneMan on any level….LOL. We don’t really have any odd decorations. I guess the non-traditional thing that we do is put a giant bow on the top of our tree instead of a star or an angel.

  4. Okay, I want to start out by saying this is a gag gift my husband received one year and he insists on putting it out. It’s a little Santa, and you pull his finger, and…. well, you can use your imagination.

    1. I think my boys would love that and drive me crazy with it as well. There is nothing like being the only female in a house with 4 young boys and one overgrown boy. I cringe to think about my life with them as teenagers.

  5. i don’t think i have anything like that…we are too traditional i guess^^ but at one time we had a garland and each figures on it could be pushed to get a christmas song or music…^^;; it made some people crazy because we kids couldn’t stop trying to get all the song and not remembering which one we had already we spend hours on it^^

  6. The strange decoration I have is a paper cut out of an angel. She was given to me 6 years ago by the leader of my weight watchers group. She gave them to all of us. It has my weight at the time on it (112kilos). She said to keep them to remind ourselves every year how far we have come. It still works. After losing a total before that christmas and after of 60kilos. I will never go back again. Happy holidays


  7. I have a snowman from Mikass crystals and i love it. My husband swears i am more in love with it than with him. I has been with me for ten years. He hates it lol

  8. Nothing, I’m very sorry to say. I guess I’m just a little too traditional. While we have stuff that is unique to us, we don’t have anything that would make people raise eyebrows or question our taste. For example, my daughter dances, so we have lots of ballerina ornaments on our tree. Most people probably don’t, but no one thinks anything of it because they’re beautiful and tasteful. So, there you have it. I can’t even think of anything that I would put up that would make people cringe. Sigh.

  9. This cracked me up. I can’t think of anything i have in my house that is strange and even if I could, I am fairly certain that nothing can top EneMan. Though, there is my daughter’s painting that hangs by the front door. But, I wouldn’t call it odd but everyone sees something different in it. I’ll have to post a picture sometime. It is one of my favorite pieces of art.

  10. Your eneman is hilarious! I have an ornament that was made by my daughter when she was in pre-k, it lives 365 a year on my fridge. Whenever any of her friends new or old come to visit she makes sure it is turned so nobody sees it! She is now a sophomore in college!

    1. Thanks, Daniela! That’s too funny about the ornament that she turns around. I used to do the same kind of stuff when my mom would display what I considered to be the worst artwork in the world–mine. Keep it up though. One day when she has kids, she’ll do the same thing, I’m sure. Then she’ll understand.

  11. When I lived in an apartment prior to redecorating my husband filled one wall with his latest obsession. Various pictures of a Mustang GT with all the bells and whistles in various colors and options covered 5ft by 6ft of my living room. Now that we are in our home on the door that leads into our two car garage that now holds that Mustang. Is a sign that is bright yellow an announces “Caution renovations in progress.” This is my husbands attempt to persuade any person (child) from entering the garage and touching said car.

    1. That is TOO funny! And a good idea. I’ve considered putting such signs on rooms I don’t want people to come into when they come to my house. I might have to try it. LOL

  12. Not really all that strange but it was a conversation piece we had for many years, It was a Santa that walked up and down a ladder putting up lights on the tree. made quite a bit of noise when it was on but it was cool to watch. I Think we lost it in a move though.

    1. My parents had one that had him sitting in a chair without his shoes and a bowl of water at his feet. His feet were painted to look they were red from being on them so much, then you’d turn him on and he’d lift one foot, then the other, alternating phrases every 30 seconds like, “Oh my feet hurt” and a few others.

  13. A weird Christmas decoration we have is this Santa figurine that dances by swaying his hips to the side and arms back and forth when someone passes by it (motion sensor). It can get pretty annoying.

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