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Happy Holidays!

by Carol Burnside

DSC00981aFrom all of us here at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

The approach of Christmas time makes me reflect on other years. In 2009, Hubby and I lived in the Washington, D.C./Maryland area. That year our son came to town for the holidays and we had a beautiful, white Christmas. By the 26th, most of it had melted away. So, we decided to see our National Christmas tree while we had the chance. I thought you might like to see some of the photos we took during our trek around D.C.

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While we’d been to D.C. and had often gone sight seeing during the day, I’d never been around the monuments at night and certainly not while there was still some snow on the ground. I was surprised how serenely beautiful places in the city were, especially the White House. I’m not sure if you can see the decorated trees under the portico, but the building and fountain lit up was lovely.

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The National Christmas Tree was huge, but even more impressive to me was the 50+ smaller trees that lined the walkways around it. They represented each state and were decorated with ornaments sent from their respective states. As you can see below, there is a constant stream of visitors through the entire block where the tree is located.

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Around the national tree, there are groups of tiny villages complete with vehicles and a miniature train running on on a track through them. I’m not sure why, but folks were tossing pennies and small change into the area.

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A huge Jewish menorah also has prominence among the decorations, celebrating Hanukkah. I apologize for the quality, but it was the best I could do with limited lighting and the distance involved. The Washington Memorial is lit in the distance.

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Blog-CarolThanks for joining me in my walk down memory lane.

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Happy Holidays!   PFHT

Marilyn Baron - December 25, 2013 - 12:57 am

Carol,
These are beautiful pictures. I’ve been to Washington many times but never in the snow and I’ve never toured the city at night in the winter. Thanks for posting these.

Carol Burnside - December 26, 2013 - 12:52 am

Thanks, Marilyn. Even plain areas tend to come alive at night with Christmas decorations.

Susan - December 27, 2013 - 8:41 am

Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful.

Maxine - December 27, 2013 - 8:54 am

Beautiful, Carol! Sounds like you’ve had some fantastic excitement. Happy New Year!

Hildie McQueen - December 27, 2013 - 3:09 pm

I’ve never been to DC at Christmas time, thank you for sharing!

Sandra Elzie - December 30, 2013 - 11:44 am

Since my daughter lives in a suburb of DC., I’ve been there. Great pictures! Merry Christmas to all.

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