Christmas in DC is not about shopping at Pentagon City, admiring the gargantuan palm trees adorned with sparking Christmas decor and staring straight up to the sky through the massive glass ceiling, making you feel like you're outdoors without the wintry freeze.
Christmas in DC is not about strolling through the National Zoo enjoying the dazzling display of the Giant Pandas, the Asian Elephants and the Komodo Dragons during the festive ZooLights.
Christmas in DC is not about endless parties in Adams Morgan, or bebopping to holiday jazz on eclectic U Street while enjoying half smokes at the historic Ben's Chili Bowl
Instead, Christmas in DC is about the one thing that is both traditional and contemporary, deeply rooted in Presidential history and Washingtonian heritage. Around the perfectly-trimmed, paragon Christmas tree -- a 87-year tradition, a large-scale model train loops around sounding a low pitch steam whistle with lights, bells and the festive music emanating from the stage.
In 1921, on Christmas Eve, President Calvin Coolidge lit the tree located at the Ellipse in front of the White House with a simple touch of button that instantly lit several hundred electric light bulbs. Today, more environmentally-conscious LED lights adorn the Norway Spruce each year we call the "Nation's very own tree."
Christmas in DC is all about the culture, celebrations and customs that has made the fine, fab festivities so delightful, delectable and unique -- the National Christmas Tree -- our Nation's own and only Christmas tree to enjoy, adorn and embrace.