Several homes and businesses still have their holiday lights up.

As I drove home to my place near downtown I noticed several homes in the neighborhood with their holiday lights still shining on the 3rd day of the New Year. I didn't have any outside lights up at my place but my Christmas tree was down a couple days after the holiday. How long is too long to have your lights up?

Denver has a weird tradition of leaving their lights up longer. They keep the Christmas lights up through the National Western Stock Show, which takes place from January 8th through the 27th. This nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment show is host to one of the world’s richest pro rodeos, one of the nation's largest horse shows and Colorado’s biggest western trade show. It's estimated that over 650,000 visitors attend the event each year. The tradition of leaving the lights up through the end of the Stock Show dates back decades.

Since Grand Junction has no such tradition when it too long to leave the lights up? I get that weather can be a factor. Nobody wants to get up on the roof or climb a ladder in sub-freezing temps. With the snow and ice on the ground, a leg could slip out from under you and you could wind up on your backside or worse. Taking that into consideration I think they need to be down by next weekend don't you think?

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