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This weekend was very busy for me but so good!

I was able to tour the White House on Saturday. The tour was self-guided through the East Wing, the China Room, East Room, Blue Room, Red Room and State Dining Room.

I love Christmas so much and was really happy to get to go during the Holiday season when it was decorated so wonderfully.

Greeted in the East Wing by the first of many Christmas triees

Greeted in the East Wing by the first of many Christmas trees

Walk through the East Colonnade where the Kennedy Gardens are visible through the windows lining the hall

Walk through the East Colonnade where the Kennedy Gardens are visible through the windows lining the hall

Bo, the First Dog

Bo, the First Dog

China RoomA permanent display of tableware was created in this room in 1917 by First Lady Edith Wilson.

China Room

East Room

East Room

Christmas Tree in the Blue Room

Christmas Tree in the Blue Room

Red Room

Red Room

State Dining Room

State Dining Room

New Amsterdam Singers singing Christmas carols

New Amsterdam Singers singing Christmas carols

North Face of the White House with the Washington Monument to the left

North Face of the White House with the Washington Monument to the left

North Face of the White House

North Face of the White House

Then on Sunday, I went to see the ZooLights with several friends. It was the first time I had been since living in DC. It started out rainy but that didn’t last long. It was a really great evening with new and old friends. It’s true that laughter is cleansing and renewing.

ZooLights entrance

ZooLights entrance

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Christmas Panda

Christmas Panda

Palms trees and pelicans

Palm trees and flamingos

And, finally, all of us!

Official ZooLights photo op

Official ZooLights photo-op

I’ll be going home to Cali this year for Christmas then spending New Year’s Eve in Chicago with my brother. I can’t even begin to express my excitement.

Hope everyone’s holiday is terrific, cheerful and full of wonderful memories.

White House Christmas Tree Ornament

White House Christmas Tree Ornament

Merry Christmas!

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