To celebrate the season, I'll be posting a favorite holiday memory or story every Monday between now and Christmas. Why? Because it's easier for my brain to handle than in-depth, or even superficial, policy coverage during finals. Joy to the World.
Volume I: A Very Hill Holiday
Professor Jack Pitney says that every American should watch sunset from the West Steps of the United States Capitol at least once. He's right. Another must, however, if you can swing it (which will probably involved working or interning somewhere on the Hill, acquiring a Capitol security badge, and making at least one friend in a high place), is to stand on the seal in the center of the rotunda and sing "Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer" to the best of your [in]ability, late at night, when no one is around to interfere with the awesome, dome-made acoustical effects.
It's very American, especially if you have a partner to toss in the much-needed "like a lightbulbs" and "like Columbuses" at the appropriate times.