Christmas and New Year's Day are gone, but I notice that even at this late date some people still have their Christmas lights up. It seems to me that at this point Christmas lights are essentially mocking us. Before Christmas, Christmas lights remind us of all that we have to look forward to, the presents and parties and time off from work. And during the period from Christmas to New Year's Day, the lights are part of the fun that we're having. But after January 1st, when most of us are back at work or in school, Christmas lights are a reminder that we don't have anything to look forward to, because the holidays are gone, and they won't be coming back for a long, long time.