Solution: This is a simple jig made of two long broom poles duct taped together with two nails driven into the end to form a V.
Use: hook the nonplug end into the V and hang the lights in the tree. When it is time to take them down use the hook to raise the lights off the branches instead of pulling them down.
You get better control over the placement of the lights than the old "throw the lights over the top of the tree."
When Christmas is over, take the duct tape off and you have a normal broom handle again.
Step 1: Make the V-hook Part
Step 2: Tape Two (or More) Broom Poles Together With Duct Tape.
Step 3: Use the Jig to Hang Your Lights.