James, from Southport, was reportedly expecting an 8-foot-tall Santa, and only became aware of his mistake once he started inflating.
“I remember thinking it looked weird and then all of a sudden, once I started putting the air in it, it kept growing and growing,” James said, according to The Sun. “I did wonder if it was ever going to stop.”
“When I woke up in the morning, I looked out and his head would eclipse the window,” the man said. “Downstairs in the front room, when you opened the curtains, there was a big Santa bum in your face.” (Kennedy News and Media)
The father explained that once Santa was up, he decided to leave it there. He also enlisted four other people to help him strap it down, to protect it from flying away in strong winds.
Unfortunately, James later confirmed that he temporarily deflated the Santa for storage (he’s planning to put it up again by Christmas), citing concerns that it would fly off in the coming week — and not at all because he sleeps better knowing there isn’t an old, nosy elf lurking outside his window.