With only 8 days left to get our Christmas on (and a couple of weeks of break), I’ve been trying to prioritize and pace our family outings. Here is a round up of ideas.
- Tackiest Christmas lights of Northern Virginia, totally worth the driving.
- National Christmas Tree, DC
- United States Botanic Garden, DC and this year
- DC Mormon temple Festival of Lights and Visitor’s Center Nativities display
- Free performances every day at 6pm at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage. Merry Tubachristmas, anyone?
- Bull Run Christmas Carnival and Festival of Lights, VA andhere and here. It’s cheapest to go M-Th, and they have the carnival every day now through New Year’s.
- Mount Vernon with the kids during the day, maybe even by candelight
- National Zoo, “Zoolights”
- Washington Ballet Nutcracker at Warren Theater, DC
- Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. We loved this so much last year, we tried to go twice–but the second venture got rained out. We are going this year for certain. Tickets.
- Mosaic District now has horse drawn carriage rides through the tree lined streets.
Or we could stay home and make cookies. We made one batch of gingerbread cookies this year that did not even survive the ravening masses to the frosting stage. We have another batch of dough in the refrigerator. What to do?
My favorite gingerbread project of all time utilized Martha Ethington’s snowflake cutters from William Sonoma (the old ones with the center cut outs). They make the most delicate, lacey cookies. Definitely gift-worthy, if fragile.
My own snowflake cutters from William Sonoma are larger, but maybe not as pretty. I used a straw to cut out holes from them to make ornaments one year. Doubled the spices in the dough as well to make it stronger smelling.
I did love making that Gingerbread Castle with Fluffy. I should have kept the template I made up, though. I would hate to start from scratch again.
Probably the most labor intensive gingerbread endeavor in my home to date was the scale model of the Lincoln Memorial. I made it when Fluffy was just 5 or 6 weeks old and the life force had not been entirely drained out of me.
Looking back at these, I’m feeling like I should up my game substantially from the basic gingerbread girls and boys I was intending to phone in this year. The problem is, I don’t like gingerbread. Even this updated recipe with a lot less molasses in it is just okay if you ask me. Maybe I should try sugar cookies. Oh, right. I’m not really fond of those either. Maybe I should make the Washington Monument out of chocolate chip cookies! Now we’re talking.