Georgetown Jingle!

It’s that time again — the Georgetown Jingle is coming to the Four Seasons this Sunday, Dec. 15. Now in its eighth year, with the full support of DC’s design community, it’s already raised more than $1.5 million toward Georgetown University’s pediatric cancer programs. Last year’s proceeds alone was enough to create a pediatric bone marrow transplant unit.

Aside from big-time corporate sponsorships and ticket sales, the Jingle’s auction is here again, featuring trees decorated by our area’s top designers. And they just keep getting better and better!

This year’s celebrity designer is Alexa Hampton, daughter of the late Mark Hampton, the legendary New York decorator. She’s carried on his firm, and made even more of a name for herself. Alexa decorated the mantel in the Four Seasons lobby, which would ordinarily retail for $30,000 with the antiques, accessories and plantings she incorporated.


All photography by Kevin Allen 

Each tree and holiday vignette is auctioned off. One year, a Four Seasons guest offered around $15,000 ON THE SPOT for a tree, not wishing to wait around for the auction. That’s how much these designs are coveted. So here’s a tease from this year’s 18 designs, which I think you’ll agree, don’t exactly match what we’ve been cobbling together in our own living rooms.

Designer Elizabeth Krial‘s design, “Christmas Stories by the Fire,” was the right idea, as the theme matches the one over at the White House this year, where one the first lady’s “trees” is nothing but books.






One of the things I love about the Jingle is that designers don’t always use actual trees for their “trees.” Here, Julie Shanklin and Marielle Shortell of Syzygy Events created a “Modern Metallic Mod” tree, which was fabricated with panels of Lucite. They carved out parts of the Lucite so ornaments could hang naturally. Wow.






This must be a first for the Jingle, because not one but TWO major events planners joined the roster, which traditionally has included only interior designers. Andre Wells, a renowned events planner (who came to speak at a panel I hosted at the Washington Design Center, thank you very much), created this Blue Christmas theme. Wells ackowledged Ernest Tubb, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, “and all who’ve added to the folklore of Blue Christmas throughout history” for this design.




Barry Dixon also hit a blue theme, “capturing the solemnity of the season” with a “Venetian Fantasy” twist. He dedicates it to his late partner Michael, whom we all still mourn. The winning bidder of this tree will also get five gallons of paint from Barry’s new line for C2 Paint, in addition to his book, Barry Dixon Inspirations.




There’s also an up-cycling/recycling here. Camille Saum, a frequent tree designer at the Jingle, created her “Razzle Dazzle” tree with her signature ribbons, but also used objects such as soda cans, bamboo, and fabrics repurposed into ornaments. I particularly love this one, made from a 7-Up can:




Michael Roberson recycled “the ubiquitous brass-arm chandelier, seen in so many suburban dining rooms of the past,” into her tree, going green both literally and figuratively:




Lisa Schumaier of keenthings created a “Reclaimed Fairytale” with hand-built raku-fired ceramics and other reclaimed elements, such as a discarded dresser drawer. “I feel that things harvested from the waste of everyday life bring another layer to my work,” she says.




Yvette Freeman of Foundry celebrates all things vintage with her tree. I adore the tiny details here, bringing us back to the design icons of the past:




Speaking of the past, Bill Enright of Edge Floral Event Designers created a stunning black-and-white “Gatsby” tree, representing New York’s Jazz Age in the 1920s, ahhh




Also celebratory is Zoe Feldman‘s “Wedding Wonderland,” a tree that emulates the Carolina Herrera gown she wore at her own wedding in 2002. “I fell in love with the dress as soon as I laid eyes on it, and it continues to inspire me to this day,” she says.




And this final tree really caught my eye, because my mother just purchased two mini trees by Mackenzie-Childs for either side of her hearth this year. Rachelle Roth and Terri Johnson of Urban Country designed an M-C-inspired tree with its signature black-and-white checks and the message “Hope Your Holidays are a Hoot!” The package also includes the Lee Industries chair next to the tree, what a deal.



The trees are all on display at the Four Seasons this week, free for anyone to come in and peruse. The auction and event take place on Sunday, and at $375 for a family of four, it’s the best fundraising deal in town, and such a great cause. Of all the holiday events going on in town this month, the Jingle is a must for design lovers. At the very least, stop into the lobby and take a look!







  1. I agree, Jennifer, with the “WOW” for the Lucite tree by Julie Shanklin and Marielle Shortell of Syzygy Events. I love it! Can I get one? How tall are they?