Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas in Washington

I joke about being a Jewpiscopalian - that's a Jewish Episcopalian, you know, or an Episcopalian Jew - but, really, I love that I was raised to appreciate both my family's and my community's faiths.  I've talked about this before, almost exactly two years ago, but I think it's worth revisiting at this time of year.  These days, I don't think that the Christmas spirit has much to do with anything overtly biblical, and I think that by celebrating faith in all of its guises, especially when the days are short and dark, we come together in a really beautiful way.

Christmas has always been a vibrant part of my winter calendar in Washington.  From caroling on Capitol Hill to admiring the decked-out houses in Chevy Chase to making gingerbread men at the National Gallery's annual party to leading services at the Cathedral, I've loved participating in Christmas activities around town.  One of my favorite memories from childhood is of seeing the Nutcracker every winter, so I was thrilled when my friend Harriet suggested we snag tickets to The Washington Ballet's production at the Warner Theatre last week.  It was such a fun show, and perfect for my transatlanticism: the Nutcracker was George Washington, his soldiers were Revolutionaries, and the mice were Redcoats!

As soon as the overture began, I was transported to such a magical place, full of wonder and joy and imagination - make yourself a mug of hot chocolate and come with me!


  1. When I was little we used to visit my cousin and her family in Northern California every Christmas and we would always go see the nutcracker! It was such a fun tradition :) Looks like you had a lovely evening... the ceiling of the theatre is beautiful!


  2. The Christmas spirit is definitely greater when the atmosphere fits the part. Twinkling Christmas lights on palm trees? Not so much haha

  3. I love the pictures you have been posting of the homes on Instagram, so gorgeous!

  4. "I think that by celebrating faith in all of its guises, especially when
    the days are short and dark, we come together in a really beautiful way." --> I love this sentence and completely agree. I think it's so important to embrace all traditions of celebrating life and love in general, be it during Christmas time or otherwise.

    Btw, I adore your Instagram photos! Just looking at them makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :)



  5. it was and it is! they also had a grilled cheese stand in the lobby... yum!

  6. haha yes I cannot imagine that. Christmas is supposed to be cold! the weather in the 50s we're having now is freaking me out...

  7. George Washington? That is a very interesting twist!

  8. I use to see the Nutcracker too - I miss those times :)

  9. I bet DC looks absolutely magical at Christmas!
    I adore the Nutcracker, it's one of my favorite ballets. Just hearing the first strains of music make me happy :)
    P.S. your new header looks fantastic!

  10. Hooray! I loved all the stifled giggles during the Revolutionary War Re-enactment, ballet style. Perhaps we should make it an annual tradition.

    P.S. - Pine cones! yes!


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