Originally published Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 08:19p.m.

When it comes to Christmas, it’s understood that Santa Claus has his list of naughty and nice, but what about when Christmas gets weird?

As usual, Spencer’s Gifts is a one-stop shop for the odd, interesting and unique and that’s no different for its Christmas items. Among them are ornaments and decorations are gesturing gingerbread men, snowmen making off-color jokes and a sweater dotted with baubles and the pattern of a tree with the message “get lit.”

Jacob Moore, an employee at the Spencer’s Gifts in Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd Unit 366, said his favorite sweater that the store has is the “Die Hard” sweater which features a little explosion that lights up.

“This is the kind of stuff you would get with your friends. This is the Christmas party you look forward to all year, is hanging out with your friends,” Moore said. “It is nice to see your family and everything but it is also so much fun to have Christmas-themed debauchery and silly stuff with your friends.”

People like to laugh with each other and being weird is all just a part of being human, he said.


Not even the Christmas candy is exempt from being a little bit … bizarre. Sure, there’s the usual assortment of chocolates and peppermint candy canes. However, over the past few years, some strange flavors have risen.

Recently, CandyStore.com mentioned that novelty dealer Archie McPhee released a Mac & Cheese flavored candy cane. That’s in addition to the “Clamdy” Cane, Pickle Candy Cane, Rotisserie Chicken Candy Cane, Bacon Candy Cane, “fire-and-brimstone flavored” Krampus Candy Cane and smoky cinnamon flavored Coal Candy Cane. Other flavors found across the internet include wasabi, gravy, coffee, Sriracha, Swedish Fish and Jelly Belly flavors.

They can be found in the average grocery store, too.

CandyStore.com Spokesman Tom Johnson said he thinks that people are attracted to these flavors because they’re so unconventional, making them good office fodder.

“It’s just something different and strange,” Johnson said, adding it might be “something about the flavor or texture that doesn’t or shouldn’t match.”

Also noteworthy is CandyStore.com recently published the results of a survey of the best and worst Christmas candies and though Candy Canes didn’t make the top 10 worst, they narrowly missed it at number 11, Johnson said. It was surprising because they’re also so popular and such a visual part of Christmas, he said.


For many, Christmas trees are an integral aspect of the Christmas holiday. But this isn’t about the war between real or fake. This is about how unusual fake trees can get.

In the late 1950s to the mid-1960s aluminum Christmas trees became popular types of artificial trees. Though that popularity waned after “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” aluminum Christmas trees have seen a resurgence in popularity.

Treetopia.com may not have any trees of the aluminum variety, but they do have some that are outside the realm of traditional. The site lists trees that are inverted and others halved or quartered as to fit against a wall or corner.

Or if green isn’t your thing, there’s also the red and white striped Candy Cane Christmas Tree or Peppermint Stick Pencil tree, the Starlight Mint Red & White Tree, the Pretty in Pink Tree, the Pink Lemonade Pencil Tree, the Black Gold Ombre Tree and others in an array of colors.

One thing’s for sure though: whether you go the traditional route with a freshly cut tree decorated with the best ornaments Hallmark had to offer alongside peppermint candy canes and sit sipping cocoa in a fuzzy striped sweater or you decide on celebrating in the weirdest possible way… have a Merry Christmas.