Merry and Bright

Where did we leave off?


Ah yes, the disappointing White House Tree.





Saturday night, we managed to make it to the tree before ten PM. (I know, I’m great at posting things super quick, but if you’re going to complain, then don’t look at the pictures. Your loss.)

It was pouring rain, and freezing, but this tree was beautiful.




In November 1923, Fist Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia public schools to erect a Christmas tree on the Ellipse south of the White House, to be known as the “National Christmas Tree.” That Christmas Eve, at 5 pm, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse and “pushed the button” to light the tree, donated by Middlebury College. The tree was harvested from the President’s native state of Vermont. From 1924 to 1953, live trees were lit on Christmas Eve.

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In 1954, the ceremony expanded its focus to include smaller trees, representing the states, District of Columbia, and the territories forming a “Pathway of Peace.” These trees are decorated with ornaments created by students at a chosen school in each state. I managed to snag a picture of the Pennsylvania tree. It may not look like much, but trust me: the ornaments were much more colorful than some of the other states (I attribute our superiority to the fact that we’re actually a commonwealth.)


This year’s centerpiece tree was a Colorado Blue Spruce from northwester Virginia (misleading name, huh?) cut down on October 27 th. I find it amazing that this little tidbit of information is on the sign nearby, but not how tall the tree is. Go figure.

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Of course, there’s an expansive train set and village surrounding the tree. Amazing.

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The weather attempted to deter my master photography skills (pfft),  but I was not having it. I immediately regretted taking this photo..   


But alas! Santa saved the day!


We ventured into what I can confidently say was a spectacular recreation of Santa’s workshop. And were greeted by the most enthusiastic and happy (and attractive. seriously, where do they find these girls?) elves in the District.

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There was only one way to end the night. And that was with.. NUTCRACKERS!

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Of course, Erika made some friends..

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All in all, a wonderful (albeit cold and wet) end to the semester.