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I love Christmas in DC! It's so, I dunno, "official." (Photos forthcoming.)

Saturday
Went to the Hirshhorn Museum. Had a lot of "what the hell?" moments while looking at modern art. Still, it was amusing, if somewhat befuddling, to wander around the empty galleries on a Saturday morning.

Then we went to Paskong Pilipinas which was as hokey as any fiesta I've attended. An event that ends with everyone joining hands and swaying with lit cell phones definitely qualifies as "corny." I was impressed thought that 200+ people ventured in from the suburbs to attend, and then we had a pretty substantial buffet afterwards.

Sunday
We decided to make the rounds of the Christmas trees in town. First the Capitol Hill tree which was just gorgeous, and then over to the US Botanical Garden which has the best miniature railway display. A walk further down the National Mall to the ice skating rink. We were too late to make the last session but it was fun to watch, especially the few "wall-clutchers" struggling along on their skates. Then on to the White House Christmas tree, right behind the National Menorah and surrounded by smaller trees from each of the fifty states. I liked the Capitol Hill tree much better; I love the blue lights. There was a small stage with performances every half hour - for a chilly Sunday evening there were lots of people milling about.
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On December 11th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC), gurdonark commented:
I love the US Botanical Garden for the lawn shrub collection, which is about as holiday-ish as anything. Modern art is fun, and it's good to have "huh?" moments.
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On December 11th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
You're right, it's good to be provoked - I was certainly shaken from my Survey of Art History 1A-1B mentality! (You mean I have to *work* at appreciating art?)
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On December 11th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Sounds absolutely beautiful.

The Christmas build up has somewhat eluded me this year. Busy, busy, and somehow the Pirate Party that our government agency threw just didn't put me in the Christmas spirit!
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On December 12th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Oooh, Pirate Party. I'd rather have that I think than the usual holiday festivities.
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On December 13th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC), hatter_anon replied:
It was a lot of fun actually. I'll see if I can get a picture up eventually. I looked like a real dag, can't believe how glamorous some people made pirate look.
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On December 11th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
Oh, how I miss DC!
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On December 12th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It'll still be here!!!
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On December 12th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
national what?
it's funny it's called the national menorah seeing as it's not even a menorah. it's a chanukkiah. menorahs have seven branches.
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On December 12th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC), kafechick commented:
You went to a Filipino fiesta in DC?? Am impressed! :)
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On December 12th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Of course I was being mean-spirited and thinking, if we were in San Francisco this would be held in a stadium, not a conference room.
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