Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas time in the Capital

A few weekends ago, Clint and I spent the night in DC. We wanted to visit a few of the Smithsonian museums that we hadn't made it to and just get to experience Christmas in the city. We stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown.

This hotel is rich in American History. Franklin D. Roosevelt worked on his famous "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" inaugural address while a guest. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was said to lunch there daily for over twenty years. It also has been the site of a few political scandals, but I'm sure it doesn't want to be remembered for those.

Checking out the view.

Grand lobby

At the national Christmas tree, each state has their own tree and the ornaments are decorated by a selected organization from the state. Here is Maryland.

Tennessee's tree was decorated by ornaments from patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. When I worked at APSU, the students organized a dance marathon that benefited this hopsital in Nashville. As the advisor for the student group, I went and toured the facility. It is an outstanding place and I fell in love with there mission. We try to support them whenever we can. Our Christmas cards from last year and this year are designed by patients or former patients. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital patients and their families.

The National Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas!