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Reading python-mode mailing lists, I've seen something I haven't heard of in a posting:

[...] I can't get all syntax highlighting to work, most particular variable highlighting. I have christmas tree mode on.

Because googling didn't help, I wonder if anyone knows what this mode is and/or does? Is it a tongue-in-cheek definition of font-lock-maximum-decoration?

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To the person who flagged "offtopic": do you know any better SE site for this question? AFAIK, Emacs questions have always been allowed on SO, but maybe that changed... – Nikolai Prokoschenko Jan 4 '11 at 10:14
@rassie: or Though the former should be better. Voting to close now. – sukhbir Jan 4 '11 at 10:17
@sukhbir: how does a question get moved instead of closing? UPD: Never mind, supposed to be done automatically. – Nikolai Prokoschenko Jan 4 '11 at 10:20
@rassie: This has been voted as 'off topic' and as soon as there are five votes (two more to go as of now), it will be automatically moved. – sukhbir Jan 4 '11 at 10:21

I believe it's a way to say you've got everything turned on, all the bells and whistles, or in the case of this analogy, all of the blinking lights and flashy ornaments/ornamentation. I would probably equate it to cperl's hairy mode, which encompasses behavior as well as visual, but I don't know that that's what the OP was referring to.

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