Last night we went to the White House for an evening Christmas tour and afterwards to a leisurely family dinner at a restaurant within walking distance. It was nice to slow down and actually get to spend a few minutes just enjoying the season together with the family.
The decorations at the White House were particularly beautiful this year, the dinner at Cafe 15 was delicious, and the night declared a resounding success by all. I am glad that we all made time for each other in the midst of this busy time.
Of course, I took some pictures.
It is amazing how fast the kids have grown and it really shows when we start snapping pictures at events like this. Now my son is 18 and taller than me. I still get to tell him what to do though - and sometimes he may actually listen. I'm just not sure how much and it's probably better that I don't know.
The White House dressed for the holiday season.
Lincoln overlooks the perfect dining room.
White House cake masterpiece looks too good to eat.
These huge trees are decorated in tones of gold and sit to either side of an elaborate nativity scene.
The library looks festive and inviting.
And of course, there was music.
On the way back we passed the National Christmas Tree on the Mall. Listening to my 2007 Christmas play list as we drove home, the generally feeling was that we had managed to enjoy the perfect holiday evening. I believe that is a little Christmas miracle and I am very thankful for it.