When I was in DC this past September, I was excited to find the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in back of the White House. I was disappointed to find that it hadn't been decorated yet. But I suppose I would have been more disappointed to find that it had been decorated already, since this was September. (It's sort of a Catch-22...) In fact, if you look close at the picture above, taken from the top of the Washington Monument in the rain, you can see the flag atop the White House is at half mast. That's because it was 9-11. That's the National Christmas Tree in the little ring in the foreground. The plaque below is behind the tree in the shot above, so you can't see it, but trust me, it's there. If it weren't there, how could I have taken the picture below?