As I step inside the Willard's opulent lobby seeking refuge from the cold night, I stop to stare at the unfolding scene. A tall evergreen surrounded by brightly wrapped packages shimmers in the soft golden light. Visitors from around the world, swaddled in colorful scarves and mittens, pause to listen as carolers sing of a silent night long ago. Attendants pass cups of steaming cider spiked with cinnamon sticks to all who enter. It's a Christmas card come to life.
The Willard sees thousands of visitors during the holidays each year. Indeed, a stop at this grand historic hotel has become part of the tradition for residents and visitors alike who come to see D.C. adorned in the season's finery.
left: Let your sense of humor show, suggests Senior Photographer Van Chaplin.