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What is the legal definition of "attached?"
You aren't going to find a Black's Law Dictionary definition of "attached" as it is a common usage term, not a legal one. So under the common usage definition, it means "jointed or fastened to something".
So if the lights are just draped around the doorway, then legally you can claim that they aren't "attached" so as to violate the rules.
Second question: I have been doing this for five years and this is the first time I have received a violation. Does this constitute a lack of precedence?
The fact that they haven't chosen to act on any perceived violation in the past wouldn't prevent them from doing so for current or future perceived violations. Each violation stands on its own as a violation of the rules of the HOA..
So your best argument is the first one...that the lights aren't specifically prohibited and they aren't "attached" to any common element or area and therefore aren't a violation of any of the HOA CCRs or rules.