We were young, newly married, and didn’t want to fall back on either family’s traditions. When our children were little, we started to drive to Washington, DC for Thanksgiving to visit Beth’s brother. We didn’t know it at the time, but it snuck up on us after a few years and a few trips to Washington that we had created our own family tradition – Thanksgivings in Washington, DC.
Most of those years we walked over to the grand National Gallery of Art for a cherished look at what was on display and further expanded the tradition.
Most of the time, visitors swirled around her studying either the original or her copy of the painting.
The National Gallery of Art was established in 1937 by a joint resolution of Congress. Substantial funding for the project, as well as artwork, were donated by the philanthropist, Andrew Mellon.
Despite its location by other Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery is a self-governing museum supported by both public and private funds.
In recent years, we often visit the popular U.S. Botanical Garden since it’s close-by and always inspiring. It’s also toasty warm and a treat on a windy, cold day.
When we’d been walking for many hours, we spied a free bench in an out-of-the-way place. We gratefully sat down next to a tall vine with flowers so close that Beth just turned slightly and took a photo.
So, we give thanks as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with Beth’s brother and sister-in-law and know how fortunate we are to be with family and friends. Visiting inspiring art and gardens has become a tradition that we never would have envisioned as young, newlyweds!