By Lars Dalseide | December 25 2013 16:43

A close look at the holiday cheer around NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virignia

Christmas tree and presents at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

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.

Railings at NRA Headquarters are strung with pine, garland and red ribbons in Fairfax, Virginia

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.

The museum is home to a polar bear costume this holiday season at the NRA

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 tiny Christmas tree inside NRA Competitions at their headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

A row of counter space was cleared out in NRA's Competitions department for a touch of Christmas cheer.

Christmas sleds and snow at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax

In the IS Department, trees, wreathes and scenes of snow filled winter fun dotted the happy holiday horizons.

Petersen's Polar Bear goes for the Christmas ivy at NRA Headquarters in Virginia

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.

Christmas tree sits beside a trophy case in NRA's Competitive Shooting Department

The doorway to NRA's Competitions Department is now lined with two very distinctive objects ... a trophy case and a Christmas tree.

Looking six stories up at the Christmas tree and presents in the atrium of NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

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 ...


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