Christmas Spirit in the Bahamas

Merry Christmas from us to all of you! (see the Hope Town Lighthouse in the background?)

Merry Christmas from us to all of you! (see the Hope Town Lighthouse in the background?)

It’s December 20th, 5 days before Christmas and the 100th day of our adventure. It is hard to be away from family for Christmas, no doubt about that. But, we carry the people we love in our hearts with us, and with modern technology we can even stay in touch.

It's nice to be with Dan and Marcia from Cutting Class in Hope Town.  Here we are at the Hope Town Lodge.

It’s nice to be with Dan and Marcia from Cutting Class in Hope Town. Here we are on the deck of  the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

The community of Hope Town graciously shares its Christmas spirit and welcomes all to participate.The harbor and the settlement are decorated with displays of holiday lights. It is a bit tricky to shoot a picture of the lights at night from a gently swaying boat or from a dinghy, but hopefully this will give you a sense of our surroundings.

This home on the harbor has quite a display of lights.

This home on the harbor has quite a display of lights.

Captain Jack's bar is decorated with cheery colors.

Captain Jack’s bar is decorated with cheery colors.

The full moon shines behind this gazebo

The full moon shines behind this gazebo.

Even the lighthouse is decorated for the holidays.

Even the lighthouse is decorated for the holidays.

We took an evening stroll to see the decorated houses in the settlement (did I mention that it is not called “the town”? Everyone refers to it as “the settlement.”

During the day, this yard is all decked out.

During the day, this yard is all decked out.

At night, it is even brighter!

At night, it is lit up just like the lawns at home.

This is my favorite Hope Town light display.

This is my favorite Hope Town light display.

The two  inns in the settlement have real Christmas trees! And they smell so good.

Hope Town Harbor Lodge

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Hope Town Inn and Marina

Hope Town Inn and Marina

We did not bring any Christmas decorations with us from Connecticut (it was a space issue and back in September, Christmas seemed far away.) Living on a boat forces one to be become inventive and creative. I had picked up three large pine cones when we hiked Cumberland Island in Georgia, bought Christmas towels and cards at TJ MAXX in Vero Beach, and have combed the beach each day since we arrived in Hope Town. The pine cones became miniature Christmas trees adorned with the bits of beach shells. I bought a pine/fir scented candle and burn it regularly to fill the boat with the smells of a real Christmas tree.

Our little pine cone trees

Our little pine cone trees

Our little sea glass Christmas wreath

Our little sea glass Christmas wreath

Captain Jack’s, a local bar on the settlement docks, hosted a Trim the Tree night – bring a handcrafted ornament and get a free drink. It was also Taco Tuesday (2 for fish tacos for $6) and 2 for 1 marguerita night. I had a few beachy holiday cards and made two of my little boxes, adding green yarn (originally intended as a starboard wind indicator). Voila! Handcrafted ornaments. I couldn’t part with the tiny sea glass wreath I made. Sorry, Captain Jack!

~Captain Jack invitation to the Trim the Tree night ~Box ornaments ~Captain Jack's ~ By the tree

~Captain Jack invitation to the Trim the Tree night
~Box ornaments
~Captain Jack’s
~ By the tree

Hope Town held a caroling night. About 100 people gathered to walk together through the streets of the settlement and sing Christmas carols. We stopped at homes and sang, wishing everyone, “a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” It doesn’t matter where you may be,  “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells” are still included in the repertoire of traditional carols. It was a very enjoyable evening to help us find and share the Christmas spirit. My favorite song, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” was not on the list. 😉 I guess if you are here in the Bahamas that is one Christmas wish that is highly unlikely!

Caroling in the streets of Hope Town

Photo on the Hope Town Sailing Club website - see Al in the crowd?

Photo on the Hope Town Sailing Club website – see Al in the crowd?

Caroling ended at the Harbour Lodge for hot chocolate and cookies.

Merry Christmas!! We love you.

Merry Christmas!! We love you.

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