To me, this is the most wonderful time of the year in our Nation's Capital. I love the cherry blossoms in the spring, and the district's star-spangled Fourth of July celebration has no equal. But there's something utterly unexpected about Washington during the holiday season. It crackles with energy and excitement. Nowhere is that more evident than at the Willard InterContinental Washington, a hotel close to the White House and the Ellipse where the National Christmas Tree stands.