(Sorry, had to recycle that title from last year. There's just none better!)
Last week we had a chance to see the ICE! exhibit at the National Harbor, which is becoming an annual tradition for us. It's a festive display carved out of 2 million pounds of ice by dozens of Chinese artisans over the course of an entire month. It's housed in a giant tent that is kept at zero degrees. This year's theme is "Merry Madagascar" based on the Dreamworks animated holiday TV special of the same name.
It is soooooo cold that even these big parkas on top of your own coat barely keep you warm.
The story goes that Santa crash lands on the island of Madagascar and develops amnesia when he bumps his head. The usual suspects - Alex, the lion, Marty, the zebra, Gloria, the hippo, and Melman, the giraffe - along with the spunky penguins devise a plan to save Christmas and deliver the presents all over the world themselves. In the end the lemur King Julian, who caused the crash, gets himself on Santa's good list after all.
In the middle is a huge slide made entirely of ice which Joe Joe and Brent tried out.
Afterwards we checked out the festivities around the Gaylord Resort and walked along the waterfront. The sun was setting and it was fun seeing planes coming in to land across the Potomac River at National airport.
Right before an amazing dinner at Rosa Mexicano (again) we stopped by the beautiful tree.
Notice what's in the lower left hand corner of the picture above? It's part of the "Awakening" statue on the beach right below the plaza.
The tree changes colors a few times from different floodlights. So much fun for the kids to watch!
Hopefully we'll be able to keep up this tradition for many years. It's been such a wonderful part of celebrating the holidays for us!