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Visitors are reflected next to a Christmas tree on the rain-streaked Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Stella Melley of Alexandria looks at the U.S. Botanical Garden's Christmas tree, part of the "Seasons Greenings" exhibit, which she visits with her 5-year-old daughter, Quinn, and 4-year-old son, Griffin, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Children at Christ Church in Alexandria portray biblical characters during the church's Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Jack Wilmer of Alexandria holds his 16-month-old grandson, Johnny Wilmer, during the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The pews are filled during the performance of the Nativity scene during the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Children playing angels run up the stairs at Christ Church, where President George Washington worshipped, to perform in the Nativity scene of the church's Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Alexandria. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Girls portraying angels play on the balcony during a rehearsal of the Nativity scene of the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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At Christ Church in Alexandra, where President George Washington worshipped, Lindy, 10, plays the role of Mary during a rehearsal for the Nativity scene in the church's Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Children make their way along the path en route to the Christ Church, where President George Washington once worshipped, for their performance in the Nativity scene of a Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Children get into their costumes as they prepare for their performances in the Nativity section of the Christmas pageant at Christ Church in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Benjamin Hawley (center), 9, of Arlington gives his Christmas list back to his mother after visiting with Santa, played by Michael Graham, at Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Santa makes his rounds and meets with Union soldiers with Brady's Michigan Sharpshooters during the Civil War-era Christmas event called "Christmas in Camp" at Fort Ward in Alexandria on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. This holiday event, which explores how Christmas was observed during the Civil War, features living-history interpreters, a Victorian Christmas tree, period music and a Santa Claus from the 1860s. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People open their umbrellas under one of three Christmas wreaths on display at Union Station in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 6, 2011, as a steady light rain falls throughout the day. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People open their umbrellas under one of three Christmas wreaths on display at Union Station in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 6, 2011, as a steady light rain falls throughout the day. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People open their umbrellas under one of three Christmas wreaths on display at Union Station in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, as a steady light rain falls. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Obama waves to people gathered outside in the rain as he shops for Christmas gifts Wednesday in Alexandria. The president's spokesman said Mr. Obama's assertion that he ranked among the greatest presidents was taken out of context. (Associated Press)

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Visitors are seen reflected in the rain streaked Vietnam Memorial wall by the Christmas tree in the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 21, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Selena Hajiani, at center, with William Hynes, both of Albany, N.Y., holds an ornament with a photograph of a soldier who went missing in the Vietnam War, on the Christmas tree at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 21, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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9-year-old Benjamin Hawley, center, of Arlington, VA, gives his Christmas list back to his mother after visiting with Santa. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Air Force Brigadier General Select Peter Masciola head home after surprising his 10 year old son Kevin, left, and 12 year old daughter Tamara, center, at their school, Saint Columbus School, by coming home for Christmas after a 6 month deployment outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, December 19, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)