We have an annual holiday tradition of going to see “A Christmas Carol” (this predates our time in Washington, DC and kids, for that matter). The bonus of seeing it in DC is that the play is performed at Ford’s Theatre, leading to the kids’ worst nightmare—a cultural event AND an educational event rolled into one.
The tradition has morphed into one where we go with the same family every year and enjoy dinner beforehand. (We were trying to remember how long we’ve been doing this together, and it has been at least 10 years.)
This year’s dinner was at Zaytinya, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant. The food and service were excellent.
There was a new Scrooge this year in the play, for the first time in many years. This resulted in some apprehension amongst those in the family that dislike change (not to mention names, but the Y chromosome ones). The actor who played Scrooge is Craig Wallace, and he was excellent—totally scary as the pre-repentant Scrooge and completely believable as he morphed into the repentant Scrooge. The rest of the cast, many of whom have been in this production for years, was also excellent. And Tiny Tim was terrific—he enunciated his lines clearly and was adorable.
We have enjoyed every single performance of “A Christmas Carol” over the years, and many of the lines from the play have made it into the family lexicon. But, more importantly than the quality of the production, the play serves as a reminder of what we all should aspire to be. (Just to be clear, the aspiration should be to become the repentant Scrooge.) 🙂
And so, as the holiday season draws to a close, we echo Tiny Tim’s words, “God bless us, every one!”
Due to the fortuitous circumstance of Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, the school’s holiday break included the week before Christmas. This allowed us the rare opportunity to spend Christmas not in Washington, DC (Jim’s business being calendar year-end intensive). To no one’s surprise, the family voted to spend Christmas in Honolulu.
There is rarely a time when Honolulu weather is inferior to DC weather (possibly the 2 weeks of fall is the only time). While we had some difficulty getting out of DC due to an ice storm, then mechanical difficulties, then the need for a new crew), we did finally make it to Honolulu on a windy, overcast day. No matter, Honolulu is still perfect.
The view from our hotel, the Halekulani, is a view of paradise, whether on an overcast day,
or a sunny day,
or at sunrise,
or during the afternoon,
or during sunset.
There are always big smiles when we are there
(with an occasional exception).
We even saw several mongoose (mongooses? mongoose?) on one of our walks.
And there are ALWAYS rainbows to greet us
and to say goodbye.
We will miss Honolulu—at least, until our next trip!
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
For those of you looking for something to do over the holiday break in the Washington, DC area, I highly recommend The Art of Qur’an exhibit currently being shown at the Freer Sackler Museum. There are over 70 Qur’ans on display, most of them beautifully illuminated. Many are over a thousand years old. (The oldest one is from the 8th century.)
Most of the Qur’ans on display have never been seen outside Turkey as they were the property of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. To learn more about the exhibit, go to http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/art-of-the-quran/default.php.
The exhibition is on display through February 20, 2017.