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Drawing the Line at Holiday Lights

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The holiday times really are a-changing. Thanks to our need for instant gratification, we can shop for everyone this Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa season without leaving the comfort of our cubicle. (’Fess, up -- we know you’re not really working that hard.) And we totally approve. Who wants to fight traffic at the Glendale Galleria or in Century City, anyway?

But we have to draw the laziness line somewhere, and for LAist, it’s drawn at holiday decorations. We see those signs for Christmas light and decoration installation services popping up all over the city and on And this trend isn’t just popular in California. It’s rampant in New England, too, where it’s generally a right of passage to climb up on the roof and string those lights in wind chills of 30 below.

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According to an Associated Press story:

Short on time, leery of ladders and lacking expertise for sometimes-elaborate lighting displays, homeowners are opening their wallets and hiring others do the work…Besides giving homeowners a way to brighten up their homes, the Christmas decoration industry gives local seasonal businesses — such as landscapers and tree trimmers — a way to make a few extra bucks during a slow time of the year.