1. Even in these socially distanced times, you can still get an up close look at the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. There are two entrances to access it at the bottom of the West Lawn (next to the road that runs at the top of the Reflecting Pool). It’s lovely to view both during the day and in the evening, so plan two visits if you can swing it. While you’re in the area, see more holiday decor and lights at the U.S. Botanic Garden, both in the front area and across the street at Bartholdi Park (which is also part of the USBG). If you want to grab a bite before or after your visit, just head down Independence Ave. toward the Capitol Hill neighborhood where it turns into Pennsylvania Ave. Spike Mendelsohn’s trio of restaurants, We the Pizza, Good Stuff Eatery, and Santa Rosa Taqueria are located right by 3rd & Penn, have outdoor seating, and are all good bets for feeding the fam. (And for more holiday activities in the area, check out the KFDC holiday guide.)
2. Explore the world and do some holiday shopping today. Winternational, the annual festival that usually takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building is turning into a virtual marketplace this year. The new online platform will offer a curated online shopping experience — you’ll find visual arts, food, apparel, décor and more from participating countries — along with a celebration of international culture.
3. The 10 best podcasts of 2020 according to Time Magazine.
5. The Social Life of Forests – A really interesting NYT feature about how trees interact and communicate; you can also listen to it on The Daily. (If you read The Overstory, you know this concept. One of the main characters in the book is based on the scientist featured in the article.)