December at the Duke Inn

Duke_Inn_Christmas_Lamppost_2-2For those who follow a liturgical church calendar, Christmas (a.k.a. Christmastide) is celebrated from December 25th to January 5th.

The 12 Days of Christmas.

I am someone who regards Christmas in this manner. In other words, be prepared for a few more Christmas-related posts here on the Sunny Day Blog!

In past years, I have enjoyed “Christmas Afternoon Tea” in the Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Although I sipped my tea elsewhere this year, I did savor some fine lunch fare at the Fairview Dining Room whilst the lovely Inn was bedecked for Christmas.


The classic tree in the grand entry at Duke Inn is largely the same year after year but always manages to impress me. — Durham, NC


The “parlor” outside the Fairview Dining Room (on one side) and the Bull Durham Bar (on the other) looks like an inviting living room year-round, but especially at Christmastime. — Duke Inn (Durham, NC)


In one of the hallways, a Christmas scene bids a wintry welcome. — Duke Inn (Durham, NC)


The topper on this Duke Inn tree (left) was loosely the inspiration for my own Christmas tree (right). — Duke Inn (Durham, NC)

Throughout the Inn was an impressive number of lush red poinsettias. Did you know that the actual blossom of the poinsettia is the small yellow center, while the abundance of red bunches are actually leaves?


Down the hallway to the left of the main lobby, Christmas poinsettias are interspersed with busts of the Duke family. (Duke Inn; Durham, NC)

The poinsettia, with its star-shaped, crimson leaves, is accepted culturally as a festive decoration. To Christians, its meaning goes one step further: it symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem and the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.