This here tree branch (well, almost) is really what I had in mind for hanging the lights.
We have a very similar two-branched hook we got at OK -- it's currently holding coats by the door, imagine -- and I was bummed to learn that the store no longer carries em.
So H did a quickie search for "tree branch coat hooks" and landed on Live Wire Farm.
Note: Our winner is not the exact hook pictured above. All the ones I liked were sold, but I emailed Live Wire Farm, and John quickly got back to me with photos of several more hooks that weren't up on the site. I chose #1, which makes me think of a hard-on. Which makes me giggle. (Truth: if you stare at them too hard they all look like hard-ons.)
Anyhoo. Maybe once we've got our hard-on installed I'll attempt to take an actual picture inside our actual house.
The truth is I attempt to take actual pictures all the time, but rarely do they feel blog-worthy. Which is why I end up posting photos of other people's SMEGS.