These Photos Reveal What Redneck Christmas Is All About

The most wonderful time of the year just got a whole lot better. Redneck Christmas adds a southern twist to tired old traditions. Forget the angel tree topper… throw on the skull of your latest hunting catch instead! Don’t have a tree? No problem! Choose from an array of Christmas tree substitutes such as a stack of truck tires, your dirt bike leaned vertically against the wall, or even a toilet plunger! From flamingo reindeer to Santa on a tractor, we’re confident that these redneck Christmas ideas will fill you with holiday cheer.

Mug Shot Christmas Photos

A man and woman make silly faces while posing for a fake mug shot.
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dmcgarry1512/Instagram

One fun addition to any holiday party is a photo booth with props. Instead of the usual reindeer headbands and Santa hats, mix it up with a mug shot photo booth. Nothing screams "redneck Christmas" like pretending you got locked up the night before Christmas.

Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to pull off. Just turn a wall into a height scale. To add to the authenticity, don’t even measure it! As you can see, this couple is roughly seven feet tall according to their mug shot. Be sure to have sign props, too, so everyone on social media knows where to get in on the fun.

Decorate The Yard With A Holiday Camper

A blow up Santa Claus and camper sit in a front yard.
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mo_jku/Instagram

We don’t mean to burst any bubbles here, but it’s just downright foolish to think that Santa Claus has flying reindeer. Like the rest of us, he’s got to drive from home to home, and how else could he fit all those presents but in a camper?

Get with the times with this blow-up Santa Claus holiday camper. Finally, neighborhood kids can feel like Santa is someone they can relate to. After all, nothing screams Christmas like piling into the camper for a road trip.

Take Christmas Outdoors

A woman and her dog sit in an outdoor living room.
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dobbythefreedoggie/Instagram

It doesn’t make an ounce of sense to stay inside for Christmas when you’ve got all that beautiful countryside right on the other side of the wall. If you want to gather around the Christmas tree with family, take the entire thing outdoors.

The tree, couches, the side tables, ALL OF IT. Move that room out into the yard and remember what Christmas is really all about. If you’ve got your game mounted to the walls, just attach it to a post and stand it up near the furniture all homey-like. That’s what we call a fine host!

Give Your Dog A Little Military Flair

A Great Dane wears a reindeer headband the color of military attire and a camo bandana around its neck.
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danelover1964/Instagram

Some would argue that it’s downright cruel to dress up your pets in holiday attire and we’d have to agree with them. If our dog were a reindeer, it wouldn’t be some Rudolph! It would be a genuine military canine reporting to its commanding officer, Santa Claus.

Take your pets a little more seriously this year and dress them in camo Christmas attire. Your pet will see no greater challenge this year than the mission to deliver presents across the entire globe. That’s an honorable costume, right there.

Do Your Chores Dressed Like Santa

A man dressed up as Santa Claus sits on a tractor in the driveway.
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24aphillips/Instagram

It can be difficult to convince yourself to get chores done with so much holiday fun to be had. But why not do both? If you’ve got to mow the lawn, just get into your Santa costume and pretend it’s your sled you’re riding.

This gentleman even had sense enough to throw a present in the back of his lawnmower to add to his character. Do a good service this holiday season and convince the neighbors that Santa is just an average guy, mowing the lawn after a hard day’s work.

Add Some Character To Your Wreath

A tire is decorated as a wreath and placed in the window.
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mamasevakian/Instagram

Real wreaths can be messy while fake ones just don’t feel as authentic. That’s why this genius individual decided to make good use out of a healthy tire. Just wrap a string of lights around the thing and hang some ornaments on the wire.

If you really want to be classy about it, throw in some garland and affix a big red bow on top. Now, getting a tire to hang on the door is no easy feat. Instead, lean it on the window with a fancy backdrop like this cheetah blanket. That’s what we call curb appeal!

Make Your Own Christmas Tree

Friends pose next to a makeshift Christmas tree topped with a plunger.
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fuelabq/Instagram

Christmas trees are so last year. If you really want to put your stamp on Christmas, make your own tree! This one is a perfect example of how simple it can be. Just lean two planks of wood against one another in the shape of a triangle.

String lights around it like you would any other tree, and then top it with some household items. This group of friends chose a plunger and some toilet paper. They even added a few fake presents at the bottom for legitimacy.

Decorate With Billy The Big Mouth Bass

A blow up Billy the Big Mouth Bass is leaned up in a yard before Christmas lights.
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rachietaylor/Instagram

It’s not a redneck Christmas without Billy the Big Mouth Bass. In case your childhood was seriously lacking in southern charm, Billy the Big Mouth Bass is that hilarious singing fish you fix to the wall. With the push of a button, he comes to life, singing, and flapping around and such.

Thanks to modern technology, Billy doesn’t have to just be a little thing in the house anymore. This giant, blow-up version can sit in your yard, caroling out to the neighbors as they pass by and admire your other redneck Christmas decor.

Put Those Decorative Flamingoes To Good Use

A yard has flamingos lined up like Santa's reindeer on display.
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kate_the_qween/Instagram

No matter what anyone says, the fact of the matter is this: decorative flamingoes are just as relevant in the winter as they are at any other point in the year. If you don’t believe us, just look at what this creative exterior designer did with their decorative flamingoes.

They simply lined the flamingoes up in rows of two with the largest flamingo in the back. They then affixed a string of Christmas lights to the birds so they would look like the reindeer guiding Santa’s sleigh. With a little Santa hat on the big reindeer in the back, you can hardly tell the difference.

Create A Santa-Mobile

A wooden reindeer is fixed to a rusted, old car to look like Santa's sleigh.
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candace_simmerly/Instagram

There’s no need to go out and spend a fortune on a fake reindeer when you can easily build one out of the wood in your own backyard. Simply use different sizes of wood to create the body and head, then attach some twigs to the top as antlers.

If you really want to go all out, find an abandoned car from the early to mid 20th century and attach it to the back of your reindeer like a Santa-mobile.

Created A Dirt Bike Christmas Tree

A dirt bike is leaned vertically against a wall and wrapped in Christmas lights.
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ethanwest03/Instagram

The one thing preventing Christmas from truly being the most wonderful time of the year is that you can’t take your dirt bike out in the snow. Sure, you can go all out with winter tires and such, but why not save yourself the hassle and pay homage to that big, beautiful bike another way.

At first glance, you may have thought this photo was sideways. Rest assured, that bike is, in fact, positioned on its back tire and leaned against a wall like a glorious Christmas tree. The helmet makes a perfectly suitable tree topper, as well.

Get A Santa Sleigh Cart

A woman in pjs and cowgirl boots stands next to a santa sleigh on wheels that holds two dressed-up dogs.
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danielle_brownn/Instagram

Whether you’re on the way to the grocery store or just out for a midday stroll, a Santa sleigh cart is a redneck Christmas must-have. Just look at this happy woman in her fuzzy, flannel onesie and cowboy boots.

Thanks to her Santa sleigh cart, she doesn’t have to worry about her little dogs messing up their elf and reindeer costumes. She’s also creatively duct-taped Christmas bags to the sleigh, just in case onlookers weren’t sure what the theme was.

Give Your Pickup Truck Some Glow

A truck is covered with Christmas lights.
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aemiller17/Instagram

Nothing says, "Ho, ho, ho" like a glowing pickup truck. Driving around in this thing, you’ll feel like the ghost of Santa Claus’ past. Just imagine floating by on the dark streets in this illuminated truck; people will see your Christmas cheer coming from miles away.

This truck owner didn’t just stop at the lights, though. They also implemented some kind of green and red glowing dots into the paint of the automobile. And in case that doesn’t tip off the neighbors, throw a light-up tree into the truck’s bed for good measure.

Do A Tire Tree Outside

Two woman pose next to a stack of green tires topped with a yellow tire to look like a Christmas tree.
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lordgreen88/Instagram

When it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations, it’s not every day that you see a decorated Christmas tree out in the yard. For one, some people don’t want to risk the decorations getting ruined by the weather.

That’s why you need a durable, weather-proof tire Christmas tree. The strong rubber is sure to withstand and winter weather. Just paint the tires green and arrange them from largest to smallest in a stack. Top it with another tire painted yellow and you have a front yard masterpiece.

Choose A Tree Topper You’ll Really Be Proud Of

The skyll of a hunted animal sits on top of a Christmas tree.
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hdtrott/Instagram

Angels, bows, and stars are nice and all, but why not try on something more personal? Top your tree with the thing that makes you most proud to look at: the skull of the last animal you took down.

Sure, you may have animal heads all over your walls– over the fireplace, in your office, above your children’s beds– but the real standout spot is atop that glowing Christmas tree for all to see. Not even the pile of presents below will be able to detract from this show-stopping tree topper.

Dress Up Your Stuffed Animals

A stuffed racoon is dressed like Santa.
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just.a.small.town.girl/Instagram

We don’t mean your child’s snuggly, plush stuffed animals, silly. We’re talking about the animals you’ve hunted, gutted, stuffed, and put on display as an interior design choice. If you’re going to dress up your pets, you can’t forget those guys on the wall.

This little raccoon just became a whole lot more approachable thanks to his Santa hat and beard. Plus, it’s a subtle hint for the kids when they wake up and look for the elf on the shelf, who is snuggled right up next to Raccoon Santa.

Also Decorate The Animal Skulls On The Wall

An animal skull on the wall is decorated with a Merry Christmas sign.
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As for the hunted animals who were not made to look all cute and cuddly, don’t let that deter your Christmas spirit. Add a little charm to that bull’s skull with an adorable pair of golden reindeer antlers.

The bullhorns were practically designed to hang signs and light strings from. Rest a friendly "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" across the face of that gorgeous animal skull. It does double the duty, acting as both a welcome sign and a warning.

Merry Cactus

A cactus is decorated like a Christmas tree and topped with a cowboy hat.
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asmashmarie/Instagram

Nothing in this Earth screams "I love the deep south" quite like a cactus Christmas tree topped with a cowboy hat. It rewrites Christmas history as though Santa had a toothpick hanging out of his mouth and spurs attached to the back of his boots.

Just imagine Santa Claus out on the dirt road, delivering presents to saloons while riding horseback and rope catching the naughty list folks. That’s the redneck story of Christmas that this cactus tree tells.

Save A Tree: Use A Plunger

A small piece of a Christmas tree is fixed to a plunger.
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berlykim99/Instagram

The expression on this young man’s face is exactly how you should look after crafting the world’s smallest Christmas tree. If you’re scaling back on the Christmas expenses this year, this may be the perfect solution.

Head out to your local Christmas tree farm with an ax, or a pair of scissors to be more discreet. Snag a tiny branch off a tree and tie it to the plunger you use at home. All you need is an ornament or two and you’re set and ready for redneck Christmas!

Show Off Your Redneck Holiday Cheer

A couple in pajamas poses on a mobility chair in front of an RV.
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_mrs_stamper/Instagram

Don’t forget to document all of this redneck Christmas fun with photographs in your best holiday getup. Matching flannel PJs are an easy and comfortable choice for the whole family.

Park it on a power scooter in front of an RV and let your natural redneck flair out. This woman’s crouched-down pose seems effortless while her significant other relaxes into his mobility chair. This year, give the gift of rednecking with awkward photos and unusual decorations.