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My next-door neighbors just put up Xmas lights.

I don't know if they plan to turn them on at night yet, but still.

*huge sigh*

Date: 2011-10-26 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsgeisel.livejournal.com
They're really Halloween lights, costumed as Christmas lights.

Date: 2011-10-26 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I lol'd.

Date: 2011-10-26 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ef2p.livejournal.com
Yeah, there's a guy down the street kind of like that. His xmas lights go up the weekend after Halloween. So your neighbor is just a bit early.

Date: 2011-10-26 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] digitalsidhe.livejournal.com
Argh. I hate this. Christmas does not start until December, dammit. (This is just one reason why I won't shop at Macy's.)

It's not that all holidays are merging into one, either. It's that Christmas is a big bully who doesn't know how to share, and is taking over.

Festival of Lights starts Oct 26th this year...

Date: 2011-10-26 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girlpurple.livejournal.com
So, without knowing anything about your neighbor's culture/religion, is it possible they're lights for Diwali?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

(My Hindu neighbors put them up yesterday and will leave them up through the holidays, so in some ways the complaint is the same)

This is one of my favorite recent commentaries on the creeping holiday-ism... http://netninja.com/2009/10/11/zombies-in-the-manger/

From: [identity profile] vvvexation.livejournal.com
Huh. From the glimpses I've had of the neighbors, that might be it.

Date: 2011-10-27 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plymouth.livejournal.com
I have little LED lights around the side of my house because I got tired of forgetting to leave the outside lights on at night and they provide a decent amount of illumination while using little power. I have them on a photocell timer. I don't plan to take them down until we move out or they burn out (in which case I would replace them with new ones). They're mostly white except the string next to our bedroom - that one is red because white was too annoyingly bright even through closed blinds. The red is nicely subdued.

This is at least the third house at which I have had some sort of permanent installation of lights typically sold around the holidays. The holiday is relevant to me mainly in that I know that after it I can usually find them on sale for 50-75% off :)
Edited Date: 2011-10-27 07:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-27 07:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vvvexation.livejournal.com
Sadly, I doubt that's the motivation here, as they're on an apartment balcony.

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