It seems like every year I get more and more excited about the Christmas season. That stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is just packed with so many wonderful things. The expectation of Advent, visits to family, all the best songs, Christmas cookies — I love it all! Last Sunday we ended Thanksgiving break by walking over to Eastern Market to pick up our tree and kick of the season with some of our favorite holiday traditions. Our house smells like the season now, thanks to that massive bag of scraps that James hauled back. I spread them across the tops of our bookcases, making our apartment feel like a ski lodge and leaving pine needles everywhere. We did not cut down our tree ourselves. It is short and slants to the side. We have an old sheet wrapped around the base, there are no lights on the back, and it is decorated with every last one of our 14 ornaments. We love it. And yes, that is Fireplace for your Home (season 1, episode 2) crackling beside the tree. I find footage of logs burning quite soothing.
Driving back from Indiana I started making a list of some of the things I am excited about doing in over the next couple weeks. Here are some of our DC holiday favorites:
- Checking out the Capitol Christmas Tree.
- Free Christmas concerts at the DC Botanic Gardens, where we also marvel at the huge model train.
- Candlelight Christmas tours at Mount Vernon.
- The Eastern Market tree forest.
- Taking in a viewing of The Nutcracker.
- Taking in the tree, wreaths, and train at Union Station.
- Singing Christmas carols at the top of my lungs at all appropriate (and some inappropriate) times.
- Advent, and all the wonderful expectation that means.
- Zoo Lights! To be fair, we always intend to do this and never make it. But I am putting this on here to get me to actually go check them out!
DC people, what are your favorite holiday happenings? For those of you elsewhere, what are some of your favorite Christmas traditions wherever you are?