Twas a windy cold December night
as we headed for the place,
where the decorated tree and all,
would absorb the light's embrace.

The thousands of people hovering round,
as they listened to each note,
of Kathy Mateo, Charlotte Church
and Santa's Ho Ho Ho!

Then Bill came out with family,
to celebrate with all,
He gave us words of peace and hope,
Then pulled the switch and lo,

The tree exploded with wondrous light,
and the people oohed and aahed,
they clapped, they sang, they hugged, and then
departed, feeling grand!

The evening was a little windy and cold.  Of course there were
thousands of people there, all crowded together, all wanting to see
what was taking place on the stage, or the tree.  We were standing in
front of the White House lawn.  The White House was decorated with a
giant wreath on the front of the house with smaller trees decorated
with lights.
The tree this year had a lot of green bulbs, as well as other
decorated wreaths, etc.  Unfortunately the sound system echoed
terribly, and did not do justice to the voices of Charlotte Church,
and others.  The music was beautiful though.  The celebration usually
starts about 5 p.m and the tree is lit right at 6.  So by the time we
got to Federal Triangle and then all the way out to where our car was
parked in College Park, we didn't make it home until about 7 p.m.
Tired feet, cold and stiff, but it only happens once a year.
People in the crowd talked about what was going on over at the
Supreme Court as well.  Seems to be a topic of great discussion here
in D.C. anyway.
Have a very merry Christmas.  Hope this message finds you all safe
and happy.  Hugs and good thoughts.
Karen Needles

Karen Needles
National Digital Library Learning Center
Library of Congress
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