A close look at the holiday cheer around NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virignia
Fairfax, Virginia - How big is Christmas around the National Rifle Association? Big enough for a day off. Big enough that Jim Supica decided that this would be the one and only day that the National Firearms Museum is closed for business. Big enough that Michael Johns shut down the range for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Big enough to that almost everyone has done their best to sprinkle a little bit of Christmas spirit around somewhere.
I'm talking big.
Usually this would be the part where I'd tell you an NRA related tale or spin off a Second Amendment yarn, but how about we just show you around headquarters instead. Not every nook and cranny … just the Christmassy parts.
The staircase taking you from the north lobby to the second floor atrium are wrapped this year with garland, red ribbons, faux berries and more.
I'm not about to speculate, but apparently there was a point in time where a member of the NRA Museum's staff decided it would be a good idea to bring in a bear costume. Not just any bear, but a polar bear.
And if you're going to bring in a bear costume, might as well make sure he's in the Christmas spirit!
A row of counter space was cleared out in NRA's Competitions department for a touch of Christmas cheer.
In the IS Department, trees, wreathes and scenes of snow filled winter fun dotted the happy holiday horizons.
In the north lobby of NRA Headquarters, Robert Peteresen's famed polar bear now rests in rows and rows of ivy, garland and ribbons of red.
The doorway to NRA's Competitions Department is now lined with two very distinctive objects ... a trophy case and a Christmas tree.
An atrium fills the space between the north and south towers that make up NRA Headquarters. Inside that atrium you will find the official NRA Christmas tree and gifts.
To each of our supporters and everyone else out there, we with a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's been a great 2013 and '14 looks even brighter.
Now back to the game ...