Old Stone House

Animatronic Deer: The Period Accent Every Victorian Home Needs…

December 6, 2006

Filed under: Day to Day @ 1:41 pm

xmas3.jpgEvery holiday season my wife and I take great pains to decorate the house – contemplating the most minor details, and orchestrating elaborate stagings to both reflect our tastes, and genuine love for the holidays. This year was no different, so as December began, we started adorning the house with assorted ephemera.

We decided on an understated, yet classy dressing for the exterior of the house – an effective combination of lights, floods and greenery, that enhanced the natural beauty of the home, yet resonated with the appropriate seasonal tidings. We pained over the lights we purchased, opting for environmentally friendly LED mini lights – evaluating the 3 different shades of ‘white’. As well, we acquired fluorescent flood lights – again testing to ensure that the hue of their light partnered suitably with the twinkles.

The entire ensemble was accented with single twine of garland and a (forthcoming) wreath. Smug with satisfaction, the house shone with an air of class – not too understated to be overlooked, and not too overdone to be gaudy. The harmonious marriage of festive sprit, and architectural sensibility.

Why oh why did I add the deer?!

Hideous in every way, these under-articulated, half-sized versions of Bambi and Faline predictably forage on snow and gaze about with yellow eyes. Perched atop the front widows of the house, they can be seen up and down the length of the street – shouting out, “hey look at us, we’re ugly”. Oblivious to the fact that they undermine every effort I have made to beautify our home, they joyfully go about their business peering about with their vacant stares, and polluting the atmosphere with the repugnantly amber light. They conflict with everything we are trying to do to the home, obnoxious and unsightly; they are the bane of my aesthetic existence. They are bourgeois!

Except to my daughter…

My daughter who jumped up and down with excitement when she first saw them, and hugged my leg in wonder when they were first lit. The little girl who will tell friends, family and strangers all about them, and brag to anyone that will listen how ‘her daddy’ got her (not anyone else but her) these beautiful deer, and how these deer are ‘special’.

I will happily set my narrow tastes aside for this little person. I will stand in the picture window crowned by the deer about my head, and happily wear their yellow halo all season long for no other reason but to prolong the memory of the wonderment seen in my daughters eyes. Judge the deer and the rest of the house all you want – as far as I’m concerned we got it just right.

Happy Holidays sweetie…

(Oh, and I did manage to update another past article, “Framing – Abridged”)




  1. So you will be putting some pink flamingoes in your yard next summer then?

    Comment by Gary — December 6, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

  2. They’re not bad! A little different, but not bad. And worth it to please the daughter of the house. And at least there’s not the full color plastic kind illuminated from within. They do have a certain elegance all their own.

    Comment by Lillian — December 6, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

  3. You are an awesome Dad!! Your daughter will remember this forever.

    Comment by Carol — December 6, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

  4. Okay. That is way too cool. How did you get that flashing string of lights across your blog? That is really really neat-o.

    Comment by Patricia W. — December 7, 2006 @ 8:43 am

  5. Gary: Pink flamingos, bah! I think some of those spinning whirligig sunflowers would be a better touch!

    Patricia: The flashing lights are an animated gif built into the header of the blog. I simply applied a new “theme” (I use wordpress) and the animated banner appears.

    Comment by Oldstonehouse — December 7, 2006 @ 8:48 am

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