The holiday season inevitably yields bizarre new decorating trends.
People who celebrate Christmas, for example, can grow tired of the same old colour scheme and accessories.
TL;DR Listed below are 5 of the most disturbing Christmas trends of 2018, exemplified by the decorations of the Trumps, royal family, and Kardashian-Jenner clan.
Sometimes, however, these trends produce some regrettable results.
This list considers five of the most distrubing Christmas decoration trends in 2018.
The Christmas sets of the Trumps, royal family, and Kardashian-Jenner clan perhaps best exemplify these trends. They have also all received a lot of public attention.
It was American first lady Melania Trump that most raised awareness of the colourful tree trend this year.
The photos of her hand-selected White House Christmas decorations quickly circulated the internet. Many noted that the seemingly blood-soaked trees (which are actually composed of cranberries) were appropriate given our current, dystopian political reality.
But Kylie Jenner, too, has adopted the colourful, monochrome tree trend with this gigantic golden structure:
I am personally not feeling this look. Both trees seem oversaturated and slightly intimidating – not the mood you want to convey on Christmas.
Unshapely trees and asymmetrical decorations
Melania Trump again best demonstrates this trend. The branches on her trees poke out like barbed wire.
Buckingham Palace has also opted for these jagged, more "natural-looking" trees:
The truth, however, is that these trees are likely still pruned to accentuate this uneven appearance.
The palace applied a similar kind of asymmetry to its garland, which features bulbs of different sizes and colours hapharzardly applied to a festoon that is hung at seemingly random points along the rail.
While it seems this asymmetry is meant to give decorations a more effortless, whimsical appearance, the result, instead, is visual disorganization.
The trend this year is to overstuff the home with decorations to make it seemingly impossible to pass through.
This photo of Melania Trump at the White House, for instance, gives viewers no sense of visual direction. There is only an impassable wall of trees and lights.
In this photo from Buckingham Palace, a christmas tree is covered with a single type of ornament. Melania Trump's all-red trees and Kylie Jenner's monolith of gold are good examples of the monotony in this year's Christmas decorations.
This trend represents perhaps the polar opposite of the asymmetry described above, but they go hand in hand. A lack of variation is boring at its most innocuous and overwhelming in its most extreme application.
The combination of monotony and asymmetry can yield dizzying results. They are not complementary.
Other nightmarish details
Kris Jenner appears to have started the "nightmare" trend with her decorations in 2017. The video above was originally posted by Kim Kardashian but has since been reposted by a fan account. Viewer discretion is advised.
This photo of Kylie Jenner's 2018 decorations was similarly reposted by a fan account. These terrifying all-pink little elves also embody monotony.
But all the items on this list could be described as nightmarish in some way.
Next year, hopefully we can stop conflating Halloween and Christmas.