Stripping out Fall, Prepping the Holidays

Driving on Constitution this morning, I was amazed at the job the wind was doing to clear DC for Christmas. Leaves were everywhere in the city, ripped from the trees and flung around in little leafnadoes swirling and buffeting my little Jetta. I must’ve driven through a dozen between 14th and the Roosevelt Bridge, and again on Route 50 toward Fairfax. It couldn’t be more perfectly timed, though, with the National Menorah being lit tomorrow night for the first night of Chanukah, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday.

There are lights and trees and other decorations in most of the office buildings downtown, and XM has started their annual five stations of Holiday music, and Capital Weather is even saying we might get some snow on Wednesday (don’t worry, just flurries, designed to bring beltway traffic to a screaming halt as all the drivers panic.) so it might just be the last moments of Fall being stripped from the trees by the 50 mile-an-hour gusts on this windy cold day.

Relax and take a deep breath, we’re in for a stretch of winter. Here’s hoping we get a 1996-esque blizzard.

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