My Christmas lights are carp. That's what two people said as they walked by my house. They're right. I have a small evergreen with green lights on it and that's it. Christmas isn't going to be much of a holiday this year. And, frankly, my crappy decorations are similar to what other neighbors on my street did so why are they singling me out? I'm not Ebenezer Scrooge, I did something. There's also a wreath on my door. Lighten up. The concept of lights on the house is a strange one anyway. The Christmas tree originated in Germany. It came to England largely because of Queen Victoria, whose family was mostly German. I don't know how the lights on houses started up.