This one is a little more creepy than sad.
It’s a life-size Santa mannequin, propped up at a toll booth on the Cimarron Turnpike in Oklahoma, where I’m spending Christmas with my family. You can’t make it out in the photo, but his face is all ruddy and weird, as if he were made out of paper mache and drug out year after year to greet the eastbound traffic in all sorts of weather.
The creepiest thing to me is the safety vest, which must freak out the night drivers to some extent. Also, the sad table of fake presents is a bit of a downer, though the poinsettias suggest that someone was really trying.