1. If you enjoy seeing Christmas trees at iconic sites around DC, don’t miss the one at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Great Hall, one of our city’s most stunning spaces, it’s decorated with pretty lights and “book” ornaments representing each state. Of course, the Library of Congress makes for a great outing anytime. A local and national treasure, the largest library in the world and one of our city’s most fascinating places should be a staple on any DC must-visit list. It’s currently open to the public Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and timed-entry tickets are needed. You can reserve them for free here.
2. If you have outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violations in DC, take care of them before December 31! Mayor Bowser’s Ticket Amnesty Program allows those tickets to be paid without the doubled penalty if they are past the due date; at the end of the amnesty period, all penalties will be added back to all tickets.
3. Lit Hub’s 48 Favorite Books of 2021. What were your favorite reads this year? (Share in the comments!)
4. The Washington Post shared ways to help survivors of the recent tornadoes in Kentucky, Illinois, and beyond.
5. An amazing, hilarious blog post about the worst meal ever — at a Michellin starred restaurant.