According to The Etiquette Answer, Christmas lights are supposed to be taken down "no later than Jan. 7, after the celebration of Three Kings Day." To do otherwise, was tacky. In Seattle, lights used to come down on or around New Year's Day. And in that, we were just as conventional as any other burb in America. But something happened. Now you notice more and more houses with lights left up and lit longer. Not a huge number, but noticeable. It's February. So what's the message? "Not till Bush leaves office?" "I just like the look?" "Wait till Fat Tuesday?"