Friday, December 26, 2008

Joy to the world

The Christmas eats have been gobbled, the music and games have been played (and played), when Mr. Christmas begs the crew to visit, for the first time in many years, the national Christmas tree near the White House. Being a not-too-cold night, and needing to keep encroaching blubber at bay, the answer was yes.

We weren't the only ones by a long shot--it was a challenge finding parking, and the immediate area was packed, many families with children, and some families with their dogs--some very large ones, one very fat one, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that tried to butt into the following nativity scene:

Nativity sceneThe tree itself was spectacular in an odd way (all its ornaments were gold-colored), and looked even more so close up, surrounded by smaller trees from each state and territory.

National Christmas tree
As giddy as all the decked trees made me feel, I was impressed by the menorah, which was stately, and larger than I previously thought.

Giant menorah with Washington Monument in background
Fitting, as the crowd was as international as the seasonal symbols present. Joy to the world indeed!

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