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From: Karen Needles <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 5:59 AM
Subject: The Lighting of the White House Christmas Tree


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> Poster:       Karen Needles <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject:      The Lighting of the White House Christmas Tree
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> 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
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