Merry Christmas from the Nation’s capitol

The National Tree
We are off to Virginia tomorrow morning to celebrate Christmas with various assembled family members. I’m really looking forward to the festive season, as Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I have to admit, though, I’ve never felt as homesick as I’m feeling now. Last year, we had such a wonderful Christmas with our family back in Jordan.

One of the many useful results of this, at times, time–consuming blogging business is that I can go back in time and re-read entries about my feelings and thoughts during a certain period of time. Looking back at last year’s Christmas, I remember how blissful it was. This Christmas photo album is only a snapshot of the wonderful time we had.

All our family members on this side of the world have been working hard to make this Christmas a special one. From a Christmas Eve dinner to singing Christmas carols at church and a planned Christmas day lunch, things are looking as wonderful as possible.

Jeff and the National Tree
The picture above is of the National Tree with assorted trains around it behind the fence. The tree is at the Ellipse, the public space in front of the White House in Washington DC, between it and the Washington Monument. If you click the picture, it’ll enlarge and you can get a glimpse of the White House in the background. I really enjoyed being there last Sunday, experiencing a fun, festive atmosphere. Besides the tree and wonderful decorations, Christmas carols were played at a loud enough volume for everyone to enjoy.

The best thing about the day was that the repulsive, commercial part of Christmas that I have seen so extensively here was missing. It was purely a spiritual celebration, as music played and happy families enjoyed the season. Seeing the Nativity scene at the Ellipse also put a huge smile on my face, as it served as a crystal clear reminder of what Christmas is all about: The birth of Jesus Christ. It was never about maxing out credit cards by getting the "best deals." Merry Christmas everyone and happy holidays!!


  1. Firas December 23, 2005 at 6:25 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and Jeff!
    I hope this Christmas will bring you peace and joy.

  2. Roba December 23, 2005 at 7:10 pm

    Have a very merry Christmas ya amar 🙂

  3. Linda December 23, 2005 at 9:33 pm

    Im gonna be politically Correct: Happy Holidays! hehehehe, you know it said that on the presidents christmas card? whats up with that?
    Unfortunately, in America, and due to globilization, the holidays are no longer what they are supposed to be about.
    Merry Christmas Natasha and JEff and Happy New Year!

  4. Nas December 23, 2005 at 10:34 pm

    Im going to be politically correct too! Happy Holidays! 😀

  5. kinzi December 24, 2005 at 1:55 am

    May God bless you as you celebrate, and comfort your heart as you miss your Jordan.

  6. promises December 24, 2005 at 2:50 am

    Merry Christmas to you and everybody!

  7. mirachka December 24, 2005 at 2:56 am

    I wanna wish you a Merry christmas from the bottom of my heart 🙂

  8. jareer December 24, 2005 at 8:57 am

    I am going to be ‘absolutely’ correct, and politically who cares; Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.

  9. Dad December 25, 2005 at 1:41 am

    Nice photos at the National Christmas Tree! Know you’ll be homesick, but hope the snow will help make things up for you some.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you both, Dad

  10. natasha December 27, 2005 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you everyone for the kind wishes. Merry Christmas to you too and a joyous New Year.


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