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wonders never cease Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 2009 and so it begins.

[caption id="attachment_2406" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="meet me in st. louis"]meet me in st. louis[/caption]The merriment. The race to capture and recreate memories (real or imagined?) of holidays past. But is memory setting us up? Was life really ever that sweet?

Well, here's what we saw yesterday at a celebration with the at-risk-of-overselling-itself name "Merriment in Georgetown." With traffic shut down, the busy corner of Wisconsin & M became Main Street USA. Hundreds of happy children roamed among Santa & Rudolf & horse-drawn carriages. At dusk, a giant tree was lit in the harbor, and a parade of lighted boats sailed up the Potomac.

There in the eye of this joy storm we stood, selling American Girl books to adoring fans. (Had you predicted this ten years ago, we'd have said "you lie!") Right next to us, author Valerie Tripp patiently and cheerfully signed book after book. Excited little girls, including our own, waited in cold lines, clutching books about their favorite heroic American girls. Bright sunshine made the remains of Saturday's snow glisten. Yes, glisten.

So, we're a fairly skeptical audience. But we're here to report that, at least for an afternoon, life really was that sweet.[caption id="attachment_2412" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="georgetown harbor 12.6.09"]georgetown harbor 12.6.09[/caption] frostynrudolph2


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