Places to Go - Christmas at Mt Vernon (Alexandria, VA)


A few weeks ago, Dan and I took the kids to Christmas at Mt. Vernon, a small, seasonal celebration that continues daily through January 6th (including Christmas Day). The festivities feature: old-fashioned chocolate making, a camel (apparently George brought one in for Christmas 1787), gingerbread mansions, and a house tour which includes the usually-closed 3rd floor (where Martha lived after George's death).

The best part about Mt. Vernon's Christmas celebration was the opportunity to tour Mt. Vernon (both house and grounds) without crowds. Our house tour group consisted of only eight people (including all five of us) so even the kids had the opportunity to ask questions and look around (usually tall adults make it hard for them to see). Plus, the empty back lawn gave us the opportunity to run and roll down hills, all while checking out amazing views of the Potomac. A great day outside. If you're interested general admission (which includes the Christmas festivities) is $15 for adults and $7 for kids 6-11 (children under 6 are free). If you live in the area, season passes only cost $25 for adults and $10 for kids. The estate is open every day from 9 am to 4 pm.

Whatever your plans, have a great holiday everyone!!


*A baby boom in Nagorno-Karabakh. Six kids = lots of government money.

*I've never read Middlemarch but Even Cleveland posted the following inspiring quote from the book - "for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you or me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs"

*A glass beach, money trees, and a solar-powered printer that prints glass from sand.

*The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Beautiful. I would love to visit someday.

*Top 10 Everything of 2011. I love these lists. Randomness and all.


T's obsession with fire continues. Hopefully in the future, he'll lean toward becoming a fireman rather than arsonist.


I tried so hard to get a picture of all three by the trees. Oh well, two out of three isn't bad (unless this was an exam, then I would receive a failing grade).


The back lawn is an adventure all in itself.

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