Christmas Decoration Fails That Are Ho-Ho Horrible
The most wonderful time of year is also filled with the most decadent decorations. But behind the scenes, holiday decorating isn’t always as glamorous as the end result. And, let's be real, the end result isn't always that glamorous.
Luckily, a holiday decoration fail can turn into comedy gold that will make other people laugh and brighten their season. Here are some of the funniest Christmas decoration fails that will remind you how difficult it really can be to pull off the perfect, festive holiday.
Not So Full of Hot Air
These empty holiday lawn decorations are an accurate symbol of how you might feel after spending a week trying to please everyone in your family — deflated.
Proud Reindeer vs. Can’t-Get-It-Together Reindeer
One of these reindeer may have overdone it at the open bar during last night’s holiday Christmas party … and it shows.
Lying about your product’s capabilities will definitely put you on Santa’s naughty list.
Some Things Only Make Sense at Night
This Santa light display feels like it has a totally different message in the light of day.
I Fought the Tree, and the Tree Won
If you thought the hard part of holiday tree decorating was getting the tree inside your home, think again.
Making the Most of What You Have
Maybe if you drink enough mulled wine, you won’t notice the large gaps in this half-heartedly decorated tree.
If Santa comes down the chimney head first, the tree will look right-side up.
At Least You Can Say You Tried
String a few lights on a tree, and it’s considered done, right?
Mind the Gap
If you don’t have enough lights, just prioritize the edges and call it a day.
The Dreaded Light Nest
It’s that time of the year when you curse yourself for being in such a hurry to put away decorations last year.
This mopey tree looks like something straight out of Charlie Brown’s Christmas story (before the dance-filled happy ending).
This is one Santa that’s confused about where people should sit.
Not Safe for Christmas
Surely, somewhere in the creation of these decorations, someone had to see that the placement of these elves was questionable to say the least.
Santa’s Last Stop
Maybe part of the reason Santa is desperate to get all those toys delivered in one night has to do with him melting in the sunlight if he doesn’t.
Baby, It’s Loud in Here
Whoever thought placing the baby under the tree would add some fun holiday ambiance was clearly mistaken.
The Most Terrifying Reindeer of All
Rudolph may have been the most famous, but this reindeer is clearly the most hardcore.
He Sees You When You’re Peeing
You can’t escape Santa’s watchful eye in this house, even if you wanted some privacy.
Ho Ho, Ah, No
There’s something genuinely unnerving about this one-handed Santa and his gaping open mouth.
When Halloween Creepiness Meets Christmas Cheer
If these carolers show up on your doorstep, keep the doors locked and stay inside.
Hopefully, little Cindy Lou Who can transform him into a vegetarian before all the reindeer are cooked.
Nothing says Christmas spirit like ridding yourself of all those holiday cocktails you drank last night.
How Can You Be Mad at That Face
Sure, it’s pretty obvious who’s at fault here.
But who’s going to be the one to yell at that face?
It seems these decorations were going for the "not sure when enough is enough" vibe.
Pure Holiday Destruction
For some Christmas chaos-bringers, it’s not enough just to knock over the tree.
They must leave their mark by terrorizing the entire decoration area.
A Holiday Surprise
The placement of this child’s head is, well, questionable.
Decorate and Chill
Just put up a half-hearted string of lights, and you can get back to watching TV in no time.
Those don’t exactly look like what the box advertises.
So Much for a Reusable Tree
A tree you can use year after year doesn’t do you much good when major layers go missing or get destroyed.
Horizontal and Abominable
This Abominable Snowman can’t even handle staying upright throughout the cheerful holiday season.
When in doubt, just string some lights around something green and call it a day.
A real tree is nice. But if you don’t stay on top of those pine needles falling, it will be an unpleasant cleanup process after the holidays.
The Ghost of Christmas Decoration Fails
It’s bad enough when an animal or child takes out decorations.
But when you live alone, and all you can blame is a ghost, the destruction can get pretty creepy.
Getting the tree home from the tree farm can be dangerous — especially if your driver is extremely underage.
A Christmas Surprise
Somewhere amongst these decorations is a little creature also wanting to be adored.
Hiding in Plain Sight
What’s the matter tree? Cat got your tail?
Caught in the Act
This cat clearly has no shame for taking down the large and prickly green monster left alone in the living room.
A Big Task for a Big Boy
If you want to avoid disasters, ask for help from someone who is big enough to handle the task (and not so cute that they’re adorably distracting).
A Nice Solid Foundation
Nothing like the minimum amount of pizazz to make you feel barely in the holiday spirit.
Nothing says have a warm-weather Christmas like flamingos holding tiny snow-covered Christmas trees (and, for some reason, wearing sparkly shorts).
Knot This Year
If you want to start your holiday decorating off right, be more careful about putting your decorations away the year before.
Almost Nailed It
It’s pretty clear these decorators quickly realized they wouldn’t have enough lights.
If your Nativity scene looks too much like regular play toys, anything can happen.
A Not-So-Jolly Game
Frosty doesn’t seem to be enjoying this as much as the others.
Can’t Quite Put Our Finger on It
There’s something very unnerving about this holiday decoration.
If a Christmas Tree Falls in the Living Room…
...and nobody is around to hear it, does it even ruin anything?
Not sure what the desired end result was here, but this likely wasn’t it.
Measure Twice, Assemble Once
Make sure your ceilings are tall enough before you purchase the biggest tree at the store.
Make Sure You Decorate Properly
And that you decorate things that are meant to be decorated, not those that are meant to be played with.
Marking Your Territory
Looks like this dog wanted to mark the holiday picture as his territory.
Expectation vs. Reality
The idea was promising. The execution, not so much. They couldn't possibly have thought this looked good, could they?
Not What We Had in Mind When We Asked for a White Christmas
This has "I just moved here from California" written all over it.
If the recipient of the present you intended to wrap has a sense of humor, just tape the pole to the gift and call it a day.
Why Does This Exist?
No. Just no.
And This Is Why You Always Check the Lights Beforehand
We hate to admit that we've done this before, but we have. Everyone is doomed to make this mistake one time, and then they'll never make it again.
If You Don’t See What’s Wrong Here, You’re Too Pure for the Internet
What was the product designer thinking? We have questions.
Does Rudolph Look Shorter This Year?
Kids are either going to find Prancer's decapitation hilarious or traumatizing. There's no in between.
If You Think Live Trees Are Cool, Wait Until You See Live Ornaments
Christmas trees and cats are like oil and vinegar. They make a delightful combo, as long as they're the stars of the show. No ornaments allowed.
The Christmas Tree Wanted to Open Presents, Too
Or maybe they just thought it would look better on the floor. Give them some credit.
We’ve All Been There
Ever started a project only to realize it's way more work than you signed up for? Follow this lady's lead and give up before you even start.
Fido Found an Easier Way to Put the Angel on Top
When you're a dog, destroying property and helping sound very, very similar.
How Did This Even Happen?
This can't have been an accident. How could anyone mess up this badly?
This Guy Didn’t Screw Up. He Was Just Trying to Decorate the Highway
Any bets on whether or not the tree made it home?
To Puppies, Outside Trees and Inside Trees Look the Same
If anyone finds statistics on how many Christmas trees get peed on by pets each year, send it to us. Please.
When Reindeer Attack: Coming to Theaters Near You
If you ever come across strangely ominous reindeer, you know what to do.
Frosty Was Looking Pretty Shady, Mom
Forget catnip. Oreo's getting coal for Christmas for sure.
Oh No. My Reindeer. It’s Broken.
Cisco the Doodle is a perfectly good reindeer. He just needs to get his antlers done, that's all.
The Angel on Top of This Tree Looks More Like a Demon
The phrase "if I fits, I sits" wasn't intended for trees, but mittens clearly doesn't care.
OK, No One Is This Bad at Putting up Christmas Decorations
Let's be real. This is what putting up a Christmas tree always feels like.
How Does One Mess up Cupcakes This Bad?
Seriously. Cupcakes are the easiest thing to bake aside from chocolate chip cookies. Did someone try to flip them like an omelette? We need answers.
He Was Just Checking the Presents to Make Sure They Were Safe. They Passed.
Status report: All presents screened for intruders. No intruders were found, but candy was confiscated as a precaution.
Come On, Santa. No Laying Down on the Job
If you ate over a billion cookies in one night, you'd be ready for a nap too.
Pinterest Christmas Crafts Never Turn Out Like the Picture
This tutorial seems way too easy to churn out such a depressing result. It's literally just tying knots on a stick.
Why You Read the Instructions First: Exhibit A
Instructions unclear. Threw away the tree and decorated the one in the yard instead.
Christmas Decorating Is a Lot Harder With Tiny Arms
What, just because Christmas didn't exist in prehistoric times, T-Rex's can't celebrate? Blasphemy.
A Friendly Reminder to Add a Heavy-Duty Tree Stand to Your Shopping List
One year, we tied the tree to the banister to keep it up. Was it effective? Yes. Was it ugly? Also yes. Just spring for one of the heavy, cast-iron stands. Trust us.