Living in DC my first year made walking to the White House a usual weekly routine. Whenever I was bored or just felt like it, my roommate and I would take a stroll down 15th street and go wave to the White House. Living in Florida all my life made the change to DC a drastic one when it came to December and all the different scenery.
When December rolled around and the snow started falling and lights started to go up around the town, we decided to take another trip to the white house to see how it looked. While making my way down 15th street like I had done tons of other times I got a little more excited this time due to the snow and the wintery feelings, nothing you get to experience in Florida. In front of the white house you first walk through the little park, which is called the Eclipse. Decorations were on the streetlights and the snow on the ground, set the scene for a festive White House.
Once at the gates that surround the front of the white house you can see inside the windows and all the Christmas trees inside decorated so beautifully. The outside had subtle decorations here and there around the yard as well. I peeked through all the windows hoping to catch glimpses of people but the windows were only opened for us to see the Christmas tree inside. Knowing that the big famous White House tree was on the back lawn, I rushed around the street to get pictures.
No photo or video of the White House tree could compare to seeing it up close and personal. The experience you have standing there and seeing it with your own eyes is something you will never forget. The Christmas tree is huge, and decorated perfectly. The feeling that came over me was indescribable. Knowing that you are seeing something that most people don’t have the opportunity to, is moving. It also makes your little local traditions or little town trees very small in comparison to the tree towering on the white house lawn.
I suggest anyone who has the chance to see this, once in a lifetime, display at the White House to please make a visit and be apart of the special moments you can share with someone, while seeing something so beautiful at the White house. My grandmother came to visit me for Christmas that year and the one thing she wanted to do was see the tree. While her health was not well and walking was very hard due to her up coming hip surgery, we took a taxi by it on our way to the airport and I will never forget her face when she got to see the huge tree from the street and see how beautiful it was to her. Leaving me with a memory we both will never forget.