Looking at the Christmas lights is one of my favourite things at Christmas. I particularily like when people put garland with white twinkle lights around their doorways; it looks beautiful. But when did decorating our front lawns become a contest to see who could make the most gaudy display? There is a house down the street from me that actually has one of those blow-up snow globes, a giant snowman, several santas, a blow-up merry-go-round, and an obscene amount of lights. All of that is displayed all bunched together on a tiny front yard. What happened to simplicity?