The National Christmas Tree is a must for any Washingtonian, or out-of-town visitor for that matter. With the weather as cold as it is, bundling up is essential. The tree is displayed with a large train track around the bottom. Christmas music plays, the holiday yule log glows, and the air is cold and crisp.
Go to the Warner Theatre now through December 26th to The Nutcracker, a great way to celebrate the season. I remember going to see it as a child with my grandmother year after year. When my husband surprised me with tickets last year, all the warm holiday memories and feelings came rushing back. This is something I mentioned a few blogs ago, but it is such a holiday classic it is hard to pass up.
Stay in and celebrate with friends. An impromptu dinner party, cocktail hour, or dessert get together is a wonderful way to enjoy the spirit of the season. Casual entertaining makes having guests over fun without all the hassle. Get a great bottle of wine, pull out the games, and enjoy the company.
If you feel like you don't have enough time to do everything on your list of holiday preparations, invite friends over for a tree-trimming party. Decorating the tree makes for a memorable and festive evening, and turns preparation into celebration. One nice touch is to choose ornaments for your guests that you think reflect them in some way, and then invite them to hang the ornaments on your tree. That way they become an ongoing part of your Christmas decor.
Of course, whether you invite your friends to join in or keep it a family tradition, decorating the christmas tree is a highlight of any Christmas season. Our advice is to think of it as an occasion in itself. Mull some cider for the kids and wine for the adults, play a mix of Christmas music old and new, and enjoy being together.
For tips on decorating your house for the holidays watch Christmas Attic owner Fay Carter on Let's Talk Live December 14th.
To finish your holiday shopping, come to Old Town Alexandria. You can find something for everyone on your list in the shops in Old Town. The Boutique District has clothing, shoes, and gifts for any special someone on your list. The new Spice and Tea Exchange on King Street is a great place to shop for the foodie in your life. Strolling around Old Town with a warm drink and a loved one is another great way to spend a holiday evening.
And finally, while you are having fun around town, remember to stop by the shop for a great selection of last minute gifts, wine for your dinner party, and collectible items to add to your collection. And if you happen to have discovered among your Christmas, decorations a pesky set of lights that just won't cooperate, don't worry -- we've got you covered there, too.