As I was walking back from lunch today I saw multiple buildings covered in red bows, holiday lights and lots of Christmas trees in lobbies. At night when I leave work I immediately walk outside and see lights covering the trees (white lights as colored are less sophisticated and wouldn't work here in DC). Then there's the general glow from the city lights that mingles in with these holiday lights. It's really rather breathtaking to see. As I walked to my Spanish class a few weeks ago I saw all the monuments light up. I've been told they are amazing to see at night and it really was something to behold. Now, they have holiday wreaths and bows on them as well. They look great. Ice skating rinks are being made in various different areas and I can't wait to go on the one that's located on the National Mall. It'll be a blast. Every major office building has a Christmas tree that is wonderfully and stylishly decorated, nothing is extravagent. Today I saw the White House decorated with tree lights, wreaths and bows. It looked even better than it does on tv. Now, the only thing left... the National Tree Lighting Ceremony. It should be great.
Anyway, as I was walking back with my coat, scarf and hat I was reminded of the song, "It's Christmas time in the City." For the first time in my life I'm in a major international city where Christmas is evident. I see the lights, hear the music and now truly understand what that means. There's nothing wrong with rural and suburbia christmas, it's great but there really is a special sparkle in the air and an almost magical feel to the city right now. I'm definitely enjoying it. So the question is... anyone want to go iceskating with me on the mall? (You know you want to). :)