But they’re so pretty! (Associated Press)

In other news:

D.C. unemployment rate drops under 11 percent, “fueled mainly by gains in the professional and business services sector and in education and health” (Capital Business)

FBI crime stats: 12 percent drop in D.C. violent crime (Examiner)

The obstacles to a longer DCPS school day (GGW)

The year through Darrow Montomery’s lens (City Paper)

“In the most anticipated move of the legislative session, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh presented her colleagues with her annual holiday gift ...” (MaryCheh.com)