The security office at the Kennedy Center should be alerted that the Grinch is on the prowl there. While attending a performance of “Elf the Musical,” I realized that the center had little sign that much of the United States was celebrating a festive season: There was not a single holiday decoration or reminder in any public area that I visited. Even last year’s small, lonely Christmas tree in the Grand Foyer was nowhere to be seen this time.

Though the Kennedy Center entices patrons with such cheerful holiday offerings as “Elf the Musical” and last year’s “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” I emerged joyfully from the Opera House only to discover that I had been transported to the home of Ebenezer Scrooge. If not for the cheerful nutcrackers for sale in the gift shop (thank you, at least, Mr. Tchaikovsky), there was nary a sign of holiday-ness.

Maybe next year the Kennedy Center board of directors could at least buy a few white beards for ushers (who all wear bright red jackets anyway) to stand in for Santa, who is very busy this time of year. Or maybe we should put the Kennedy Center on Santa’s Naughty List.

Darryl Summers, Washington