The Christmas lights are down at my house.

This is not a cause for celebration or a hey-look-at-me moment. But I’m realizing my thoughts about holiday decorations is changing as I get older.

Back in the day — some would say the prehistoric day — I wanted lights up all over the joint. We had several families in a five- or six-block stretch who literally lit up the night sky with lights, wall decorations, displays — you name it, right down to the holiday pink flamingos pulling Santa Claus, some of those folks had it.

I wanted something like that badly at our house. Badly. However, as my parents repeatedly told us once Thanksgivings went past and we actually felt unfull enough to go shop, a display like those would likely result in us having a new house…and not because we wanted one. On top of that, a yard display was effectively inviting the lower forms of humanity to pay a visit.

So I grumbled and shut up. Until the following Thanksgiving. And I resolved when I owned my home, I’d light up the night.

I also resolved to have a much better cash flow situation, but that’s for another blog.

Fast forward to this morning, when the 2012 Christmas lights were finally tugged down and thrown out. I kept thinking back to a conversation I had with a friend of mine last year, last residence, when he jokingly said I was shooting for Fourth of July lights. That made me think — a lot.

Why not have Fourth of July lights?

Heck, why not have all-season lights you can just leave up all year? Tape them in place, staple them in place, whatever. Just set ’em and forget ’em…until it’s time for a special occasion.

Laziness? Yes, there’s some of that involved. Available time factor? Absolutely. I love Christmas, and I still love decorating for it. As  a matter of fact, Christmas and July 4 are really the only holidays I don’t mind spending some time making the dwelling look festive.  But even though it really doesn’t take a long time to hang lights, if you’re having a 90-hour work week, well, work tends to bleed into your available prep time. It’s just the way life works. And for that reason alone, for the realization there are other individuals in my same boat, there should be a groundswell of support very soon for the all-season holiday lights.

Lighting companies, take note: It shouldn’t take that much to restructure the current light stands for this purpose (and make a fortune in the process).  Give us the option of strands: Christmas only or Christmas plus a combination of Halloween, Easter and July 4. Charge us extra for the deluxe package. Design the lights so we can flip a switch and thus have the desired lighting combination at our residences.

See? A money-making, time-saving idea all in one shot.

And at the end of the day, I can have my home lit up like a Christmas tree. All year long — or whenever I want it.