Thompson Square Inflatables: 'Tacky' or 'Thoughtful'?

Is the Thompson square inflatables tacky or thoughful? Please vote and give your opinion.

If you walk through Thompson Square during this holiday season you will find a "festive atmosphere" of Christmas themed inflatable's, tree's brightly lit with red and green lights shining on them from the ground and a beautiful Christmas tree. 

The Christmas tree is courtesy of Mayor Menino and the city of Boston. But, the inflatables however were not. They were put there by a private member of our community, who wanted to make a positive impact on families by giving them a place to spend time together. He not only donated his time and money to purchase and construct this display but also led a team of volunteers to hang the wreaths and bows throughout the town. In my personal opinion he is an asset to our community and our children. 

So, that's the story of how Thompson Square became so festive. I'm writing this piece because a small group of people are complaining about this display and even calling it "offensive". Not because it excludes any other tradition but because in years past the character's "backsides" were facing the street. Other complaints say "the extension cords are dangerous". To accommodate concerns the display operator quickly changed it's power source to a much safer option. 

The display has been a gathering point for many families and even used as a backdrop for a number of Christmas cards. 

I would like your opinion on this as those who have complained also say this is "dividing the community". So, please comment and vote whether you find this "tacky or "thoughtful."

This display is now being run by gas powered generator so all donations are welcomed. To donate please contact j1713m@gmail.com.

—Working Man Radio

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larry smith December 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, this is the LAST straw for me, and if my comments offend you, I don't care. Give me a friggin' break. Christmas is supposed to be for children to enjoy. Are the lives of these people complaining THAT full that there is nothing else to complain about. Do the decorations need to be plain, sterile looking white stick figures with tacky white bulbs ? Would they be happy at that point. AND I can pretty much guarantee that none of these pains in the asses lifted finger one to help. These people are NOT Townies, as I know them. When I was growing up in Charlestown, this is what it was all about. Color, festive and fun. Give me a damn break, seriously. 28 people died within the last 36 hours and THIS is what bothers you people??
theresa moses December 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
to hell with the toonies[yuppies].who ever don't like the display can go complain to someone who cares[another person without any spirit]...the had a showon chronicles about charlestown,which in my opinon was bs,the shows the yuppies and how great charlestown is but the when someone does this they complain? go but a house in the suburbs and get the hell out of charlestown if u can't admire and appreicate what the real people here do for this town...just venting..
theresa moses December 16, 2012 at 01:47 AM
oops sorry for the typos...
sharon harrington December 16, 2012 at 07:17 AM
If a four year old eyes light up by seeing a blown up Santa isn't that what it is all about.You don't have to like it,because it's not about you it's for the kids.
Ed Bowman December 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM
You know Theresa you are absolutely right. I saw that Chronicle show to and I grew up in C-town and was married there and I remember all the things they say were BS and never existed( how come I didn't see one shot of the Projects or Newtown or Mishawawm?).Well I hate to inform all the Toonies who didn't live threw the Somerville Charlestown Wars and the bodies that turned up in back alleys,It really did happen. I always loved Charlestown and I think people should be aware of the good and bad that always existed here.I have lost a lot of good friends over the years to drug abuse and violence and I think that part of Charlestowns history is also important.As far as the Christmas display goes I think if you have nothing better to do than pick apart a generous and selfless act by someone who truly believes in the Christmas (and you notice I use the word CHRISTMAS not holiday) spirit then maybe you should go back to your trendy little coffee shops with your Tooney friends and try and realize what Christmas is all about.Merry Christmas and Happy NewYear.
Owen December 16, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Here we go again. Another "townie" trying to tell anyone who didn't grow up here that they're not allowed to have an opinion.
Dave flanagan December 16, 2012 at 08:33 PM
You are right on Larry Smith, we have more important things to worry about then whether something like this is tacky.
Owen December 16, 2012 at 08:36 PM
They tend to happen when you're being rude and offensive, and responding off of pure emotion. I have never seen such blatant displays of aggression from locals in all of the communities I have lived in. My job in the Coast Guard has taken me all over the country, and I've run into some pretty rude local types, but nothing like I've seen on here. People who didn't grow up here but who have decided to make this neighborhood their home do not deserve to be verbally trashed in the way I've seen on this site. We have opinions, and just because we didn't live "threw [sic] the Somerville Charlestown Wars and the bodies that turned up in back alleys" (I actually did in South Philly...yeah, it happens everywhere) doesn't mean we don't get to be heard.
Jay December 16, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Tacky and I don't buy it that kids like this crap. They see it for what it is, more crap from Asia.
Tracy Shea December 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I didnt grow up here, I have only lived here for 15 years so I guess I am a toonie but I dont really like to call people names. I know the person that did this, I actually call him a good friend of mine and I know he thinks the same about me even though he is a life long townie, so Owen you will be glad to know that I think the people that post on this site are not like most of the life long townies I have befriended through the years. The display in the park was done out of pure love and meant to bring joy and wonderment to all of our children and for that reason below I think it is better than any Dickens display I have ever seen! I know that to most adults it certainly looks tacky but to a wide eyed 5 year old it is magic and that is the type of neighborhood that I am proud to live in!
Owen December 16, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I know that most Townies are welcoming and are good people. Usually when it comes up in conversation that I am in the military, I have found that most are very appreciative of what I do and happy that there are others like me in the community. It's this "yuppie" moniker that chaps me. It's insulting, especially to someone like me who is absolutely, one hundred percent not a yuppie.
Joe December 16, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Hey Owen, why don't you go swim in the ocean....
Donna O'Brien December 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I've been by that display a million times since it was erected again this year. I cannot tell you how many little kids and their families are in the square looking at the display and being full of wonder. Indeed, if kids enjoy it, that should be the end of the story, wouldn't you say? Usually, tacky is the judgement of adults who should know better than to judge someone's attempt to make Christmas a bit more festive for kids. What's really tacky, and mean spirited, is to throw that Townie/Toonie judgmental rhetoric around. You are turning the turf wars into a Christmas argument? Ew: tacky
Owen December 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Thanks for proving my point about Townies. Big tough guy hiding behind a computer.
kayrn December 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I don't undersrtand why people have to be so hateful. I am a human being and no matter where I was born or not should not matter. (FYI. I have grown up poor and worked hard to get where I am.) Whatever your faith or label...it is the holiday season for many if not all. A very thoughtful person organized this for the RIGHT reasons. THANK YOU! I honestly think it is a little tacky, but more importantly THOUGHTFUL!!!! It is harming no one by it's existence and if it brings JOY to one or many then it was worth it. I mean come on...the way Christmas and the other holidays are now a days, what isn't a little tacky. Have some fun people! Be well everyone!!!
Joe December 16, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Workingman, if you run out of gas maybe you can get Owen to help inflate...he is full of hot air!
Owen December 16, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Right on. However, you will be attacked or daring to speak up. Just look at "Joe Dingleberry's" (real classy, huh?) extremely insulting comments directed toward me. Sad.
Jillian December 16, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It's great, end. of. story. How did this question turn into a townie/toonie discussion? Did Becca say all toonies complained? Your assuming a lot, get over yourselves.
Owen December 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
"These people are NOT Townies, as I know them." "to hell with the toonies[yuppies]." "you should go back to your trendy little coffee shops with your Tooney friends" I hope that answers your question.
Joe December 16, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Owen meet me at Zume's I'll give you a hug...


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