December 24, 2009
Twas the Night Before Christmas
and here on the Mall,
Not a creature is stirring in the museum’s vast halls
Full of objects and trinkets selected with care
By curators hoping you’d all soon be there.
Alas and alack, one day of the year,
The Smithsonian closes. But don’t shed a tear—
The day after Christmas the doors will swing wide
To let you all in. But until then, enjoy a few slides.
(Well really, they’re photos–you know what we mean)
Of gardens and buildings that look really keen
They’re all gussied up for the holiday season.
We’re pretty darn sure you’ll find them appeasing.
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