Wasn't trying to do anything more exotic than use my rare half-day-off wisely.
Put up the lights on our house, and the tree/snowflake ensemble in the yard.
Everything worked (for a change) and Sylvia was surprised when she turned onto our street and saw it.
She said "Awwww" in a very cute way.
It wasn't until later that we realized nobody else on our street had beat me to it, (also for a change). A grocery trip yielded only one other house with lights within a mile, so it looks like we won the race this year, if there is a race at all.