I don't usually address comments on the front page of my blog, but I felt this one was worthy of answering since an excellent point was made in these comments.
Regarding my recommendations for light festivals in the D.C. area, my friend, Holly, rightly wrote, "OK, I know this is going to sound really grinchy and awful, but sometimes I see these elaborate light shows and think, 'good god, what a waste of electricity and inexcusable contribution to global warming.'" I couldn't agree more, which is part of why I haven't strung up lights this year.
I don't know if it's ironic or just good timing, but yesterday was the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House. Today, the Washington Post ran this article--Ode to a Diode--about the lights on the tree. It also mentioned the lights in the exhibits in Bull Run and at the Mormon Temple.
Don't know if this helps, Holly. Still, I guess every little bit counts?