It’s Christmas Time in the City

When you live in the city your options for things like gas stations and Christmas Tree lots can sometimes be… limited. This is our second time not traveling across country to spend time with extended family for the holidays and I am bound and determined to make Martha Stewart rethink her ultimate life’s purpose because I can be craftier.  We will have that Norman Rockwell Holiday. Riiiiiiight.

20141201_174440I did know I was on the right track for the ultimate locavore’s holiday celebration (we observe any opportunity to celebrate here) when one of my favorite brunch / happy hour / dinner / drinks / everything spots Sixth Engine announced the return of the Christmas Tree lot to their patio.

The trees are gorgeous, hailing from Crystal Springs Tree Farm in Leighton PA, same place that raises the trees for the White House. And there’s a variety of sizes for those of us who dream we live in a larger than 800 square foot apartment with two people and a dog. I graciously accepted that the five foot tree would be plenty, despite knowing at least an eight foot tree would fit a la Griswold family Christmas.

20141201_175748But what’s more important is that Sixth Engine also donates a portion of the tree proceeds to the DC Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, raising $15,000 in the past two years and hoping to raise $13,000 this year. They’ll even help you tie the tree to your car roof.

If you’re making this part of the DC brunching experience get the chocolate chip flapjacks or the chorizo and egg tostada with bottomless Bloody Mary’s. For those who still have an evening free in December, the dinner and drinks offer PLENTY of options.  Start with the hush puppies or the magical DC rolls, think like an egg roll with rib eye, mushroom and onion served with a cheese sauce.  I am typically not a sides and apps person but their mac n cheese and swiss chard gratin are also well done for cold weather meals.  You can share the bacon cheeseburger BK style (it’s worth it!) and you’re going to be delighted.

Getting your tree from Sixth Engine is like the grand slam of holiday cheer. Can I get any more American? Beer, burgers, fire fighters, Christmas and baseball analogies!

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