I'm game for the 18th. I think meeting somewhere that's particularly festive would be good - Old Ebbit and Bobby Vans have their holiday decorations up. Maybe the St. Regis which has a good bar (with fireplace) and a spacious lobby although I can't vouch for their festiveness. The Ritz in Georgetown has an awesome lobby but was closed last time I went by it a few months back. Any one have other suggestions?