Contemplating Christmas

I am very excited for us to go to Mississippi in a couple of days and spend Christmas with my family. Of course, picking up our new puppy will also make this trip very exciting. In the meantime, we have been preparing for the Christmas season here in DC. We put up a tree and displayed our lovely African Gourd Nativity Scene –

Last night we visited the National Christmas Tree. How do I put this delicately . . . I was not impressed. I imagined that it would be much, much larger (having seen the Christmas tree at Rockafeller Center, my expectation is that National Christmas Tree would at least try to compete). Also, the tree was sort of lumpy. I wasn’t expecting that.

I did enjoy the fifty states’ trees display. They were very festive. My favorite was North Carolina, whose tree was decorated by children at Discovery Place, in Charlotte, a science museum we loved as kids. One of the ornaments displayed one of our favorite childhood adventures – Tweetsie Railroad in the Mountains of North Carolina.

Despite my lack of awe of the tree, the visit still managed to get me in a Christmas mood. The Christmas songs helped. And also, while their Christmas tree may not be impressive, they did manage to get the most impressive, authentic looking Santa Claus around. I didn’t get a picture of him, because there were far too many people around him.

We also stopped for a moment, since we were in the neighborhood, to contemplate the future of this place:

Sometimes, I just love living in DC. This day helped – we also visited a great exhibit about the recovered art of Pompeii earlier in the day. Sidenote, and not to brag, but how great is it to walk to a fantastic museum exhibit (which is free) from your apartment. Lovely.

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2 thoughts on “Contemplating Christmas

  1. I have to admit that I’ve never seen a Nativity Gourd, before…very interesting.Love the shout out to the Tweetsie Railroad! We used to go there when we were kids. That’s where my brother became a shoplifter, at the age of 2.

  2. Awesome! I love that someone else has childhood memories of Tweetsie Railroad. My sister didn’t steal anything there, but she did cry alot whenever the Indians would storm the train.

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