I love tradition. I love looking forward to it for a year, I love planning to make it happen and I love experiencing it over and over. Tradition brings stability and a sense of security.
The Polar Express
One of my favorite traditions from college was when my RUF campus minister used to read The Polar Express to us every December. Last year I started doing this for my friends, and this year the "reading" was bigger and better.
Jordan and Buck were kind enough to lend their home--complete with a roaring fire, pajamas, hot toddies and various home baked goods. Afterwards, Jordan was the emcee and directed everyone to tell his or her favorite Christmas memory or tradition.
The Lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is a blue spruce from Arizona this year. It came nearly 4,600 miles to make its home on the front lawn of the Capitol for the month of December.
Ice Skating in the Sculpture Garden
We had a great group meet up for ice skating on a perfect Saturday.
Kern and I rode our bikes then started the performance off right with delicious cups of hot chocolate with tons of whipped cream
The backdrop for the skating rink is the The National Archives
I am looking forward to adding traditions each year I am in DC. Next year, I want to do Christmas at Mount Vernon and see the Zoo Lights. There's not enough time to do everything...