Celebrating Christmas nationwide

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Posing with George in front of the White House
George and I are big fans of Christmas decorations. We really can't get enough, and every year we go someplace new -- new to us, that is -- in the DC area to explore the month-long festivity of lights and decorations.

This year we decided to visit The Ellipse in between the National Mall and the White House. Although we can't say we're proud to have Bush as President, we are proud to say that we work in our nation's capital and are within walking distance to several historical and momentous sites.

We met up with another couple for dinner and then walked to The Ellipse to look at the national Christmas tree and state trees.

Always decorated to the hilt with lights, the National Christmas tree looks fake. It's almost embarassing to say that's the national tree.
Every year, the Ellipse between the White House and Constitution Ave magically transforms into a celebration of Christmas around the US.
Maybe it is fake and I'm confusing it with the Christmas tree on the lawn of the Capitol, which indeed is real and usually cut from a tree farm somewhere in another state.

The state trees are always fun to look at. All the states and territories are represented, and many of the trees are decorated by one elementary school class chosen by their state.

I don't know how exactly the class is chosen, but it's cute to look at the ornaments the kids made celebrating their state. Since I'm from Virginia, I love to ooh and ahh over my state tree even if the ornaments are silly. Gotta keep that Virginia pride alive! ;0)

This evening it felt like quite possibly the coldest day of the year. Certainly the coldest day of winter so far. We all had layers of clothes, but whatever wasn't covered in layers, like our legs, soon felt frozen. Luckily, there's a large fire pit for the people who complain, like us!, and hot chocolate to try to keep us warm.

We only lasted for an hour before we felt frozen and headed back to get the car. But it was a fun evening, as it always is with our friends.
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With our friends.
With our friends.
Being completely silly.
Being completely silly.
Some of the state Christmas trees …
Some of the state Christmas trees…
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