There’s nothing like DC after it’s been completely transformed in preparation for the holidays, although I think everything looks better with Christmas lights and evergreens. Living so close to DC you’d think I’d be taking advantage of all the things it has to offer every weekend… Anyone who’s had to battle DC traffic will tell you that for natives, it’s just not appealing most of the time. However, for the holidays it’s definitely worth the hassle.
This past weekend I spent the day in the city visiting art museums, seeing the National Christmas Trees and seeing Camerata (a men’s chorus) sing some fantastic and goose-bump inspiring holiday music. All in all it was the perfect, festive Saturday.
Probably the best part of the day was a piece of art I saw, it was a video installation by Ragnar Kjartansson at the Hirshhorn. There were multiple screens showing life sized musicians, playing instruments and singing in unison in separate rooms of an old mansion. It’s hard to describe the comfort and peace you felt while watching them in a dark room with a bunch of strangers. I could’ve laid on the floor and watched it all day and appreciate the connection I felt with the art and those who were also captivated by the melancholy tune. Here’s a clip that definitely doesn’t do it justice.
Although it’s a pain in the ass to get into DC and find parking (I used spothub and found all day parking for $10 which made all the difference), it’s nice to appreciate the city I’ve grown to under appreciate. It was a great way to kick of this holiday season instead of sitting in bed watching Christmas movies on Netflix… which will probably end up happening anyway.