The neighborhood features your typical array of Christmas decorations.
Nativity scenes. Inflatable Santas. Snowmen.
Then you get to the front yard with the Christmas-light display in the shape of a reindeer.
Only this one isn’t guiding Santa’s sleigh on a foggy Christmas Eve.
In fact it’s hanging upside-down from a tree, as if it were fresh kill. And then there’s the red lights simulating blood pouring from its snout and pooling on the ground below.
Finally the accompanying sign: “Venison, it’s whats 4 dinner.”
The homeowner in question not only is a Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office deputy, WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach reported, but also an avid hunter. He said it was a joke to poke fun of his hunting lifestyle and didn’t want to be indentified, WPBF added.
What do his neighbors say about the reindeer display?
Alan Bessette said he doesn’t have a problem with it, but noted that it’s “kind of strange.”
Linda Vannatta lives across the street and said it’s offensive.
“I think Christmas as being the time for joy,” Vannatta told WPBF. “Hunting, I know, is a part of life. People do it and have always done it. But it doesn’t seem like a Christmas thing to me.”
A neighbor called code enforcement on the deputy, WPBF reported, but city officials said there is nothing they can do.