And Gaudiness is Next to....
In Attleboro, Massachusetts, there exists a magical place where, every year, the baby Jesus spits up two metric tons of Christmas cheer.
This place is La Salette.
La Salette Shrines is a ministry which takes the holidays very seriously. How seriously, you might ask. Well, to put it mildly, they bring in a fried dough stand.
Yes, their grounds includes numerous shrines and sculptures, all of which are wired up in the gaudiest Christmas lights imaginable. They have an animatronic Virgin mother, and a real live donkey for kids to fawn over.
The following slide show offers a vague idea of the magnitude of the place, but it's something you really need to see for yourself.
Before leaving La Salette, we picked up a mug of cider, which came in a commemorative plastic cup. I think, better than anything else, this captures the spirit of La Salette. The spirit of Christmas: