It used to be a bit of a novelty to see houses with lights and Christmas decorations on the outside as well the inside. The people who did this were generally regarded as harmless eccentrics, but the fad is growing at such an alarming rate, it is we ‘minimalists’ who are the odd ones out. So instead of labelling people as eccentric, we now have a new word — housebling.
One champion houseblinger is Vic Moszczynski. That’s his house above. This “average idiot” (his words, not mine) has been annoying his neighbours in upmarket Sonning, Berkshire, for years, but I read today that he has gone a step too far this year and incurred the wrath of the environmental health department.
The latest addition to the festive panorama is an eight-foot singing Santa and ten musical snowmen that belt out “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” That really got up his posh neighbours’ noses, enough for the council to issue him with a gagging order or face a £5,000 fine.