I grew up in a small town, our street was very quiet and mostly retired seniors so there wasn't much in the way of outdoor decorations. I always wanted to decorate the outside of our home! But we didn't have any hydro outside so that ruled out lighted decorations. I do remember one year we put out a big plastic frosty the snowman. We did often string lights around the inside of the windows so they could be seen from outside. Our Christmas tree was also in front of Grandma's huge living room window. It looked quite pretty from inside and out!
Today we still don't have outdoor decorations, but maybe next year! In the mean time we enjoy driving around and looking at the pretty houses in the evenings. My favorite lights of all are the light blue icicle lights.