Friday Five – Holiday Traditions

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This week’s topic is Holiday Traditions. Warning, this is a photo-heavy post!

1) seeing the Capitol Tree aka “The People’s Tree” (this year’s from Minnesota) I always enjoy seeing the ornament themes and thinking of individual people, especially kids, making the ornaments and being so excited by the opportunity.

Minnesota ornament

Minnesota ornament

as the sun sets

as the sun sets

tree and Capitol

tree and Capitol

2) seeing the holiday exhibit, with trains running through it, at the U.S. Botanic Garden, which also simultaneously exhibits – in a geographically accurate layout – DC landmarks made from plant material. This year the special exhibit was lighthouses – also made out of plant material – very cool. The lights worked too, turning around in each little lighthouse.

Special for those who’ve run Shamrock – the old and new Cape Henry lighthouses from Fort Story were represented!

Old

old Shamrock lighthouse

old Shamrock lighthouse

New – funny story – I truly couldn’t remember the lighthouse looking this way, I thought the color pattern was different. But I looked up my race photos and confirmed that yes, this IS the new lighthouse and I DID run past it. Amazing what the mind absorbs and retains, or doesn’t, during and after the race. I plead wind-related memory loss.

new lighthouse

new Shamrock lighthouse

Other lighthouses

roof detail on a lighthouse

roof detail on Fort Tompkins lighthouse, Staten Island NY

Sand Island Lighthouse, Wisconsin

Sand Island Lighthouse, Wisconsin

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Whaleback Lighthouse, Maine

Whaleback Lighthouse, Maine

Check out the “copper tile” roof on this one

Blockhouse Point, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Blockhouse Point, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Admiralty Head, Coupeville WA

Admiralty Head, Coupeville WA

There are some fun non-lighthouse plant pieces in the exhibit too!

dinosaur

dinosaur

A few of the DC landmarks, remember, this is all plant material. Check out the Lincoln Memorial (not pictured) with Lincoln inside.

U.S. Botanic Garden

U.S. Botanic Garden

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

 

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

If you go, make sure to wander the rest of the Botanic Garden – in addition to beautiful plant life in collections or exhibits (with interesting facts well-presented), you’ll stumble upon an extra tree or two (and glass cases with “fairy” exhibits near the restrooms). The Garden is a treasure in all seasons, and it’s free.

hidden tree

hidden tree

fox at hidden tree

fox at hidden tree

3) walking the streets of Old Town Alexandria looking at the decorations, usually before or after going to the Alexandria Boat Parade (skipped this year though, it was nasty weather)

4) listening to and singing along with favorite holiday songs

5) watching The Grinch (gotta get this done before we head out of town!)

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?