There’s no place like home for the holidays. I loved our two winters in the Bahamas, make no mistake about that, but as our family grew and we have grown older (just a teeny bit), I do not want to miss these precious times with our families. The holidays become extra special when you see them through the eyes of children. This year was packed full of memory making events.
Our new Thanksgiving tradition is to spend the day after together in Milford for the tree lighting on the town green. We have soups and salad and then deck ourselves out with silly lights to walk to the town green. Crowds wait for Santa to arrive on a firetruck and the tree to be lit for the season. (Side note – Why does Milford use red, white, and blue lights on their Christmas tree?????)
We really focused on finding the Christmas spirit that weekend. On Saturday, we met friends in Mystic for the Mystic Holiday Boat Parade. (Nearly every blog post has some boating connection. 😉👍)
I don’t think we have been to the Mystic Boat Parade for quite a few years, 2018? There is an old blog post that includes the boat parade — “Off Season Memories“. Many of the boats looked familiar, a few larger boats and many smaller ones. The six of us all own boats and we repeatedly wondered who would want to keep their boat int he water through a New England winer so that they could participate in the parade? It does look like fun — any volunteers among us????? No……
Why not make a weekend of it?? Rather than drive home we decided to have a romantic weekend and stay at the B&B where we had spent our wedding night, almost 30 years ago. Oh my, how things can change in 30 years!!!! New owners had redecorated the inn and it was crammed from floor to ceiling with antiques and STUFF. I love old things and antiques, but there is a limit. You could barely maneuver around the public rooms. That might have been ok, but our room was another story.
The third annual Gingerbread House Making/Cousins Sleepover was another epic December event here.
Before we knew it, Christmas Eve had arrived, our family celebration time. My sister, Lisa and her wife, Jeanne joined us this year so it was going to be extra special. I’ll admit I may have gotten carried away with plans to make the day extra special, but it all worked and we had a wonderful family time.
The children had their presents to unwrap and the adults did a “Yankee Swap” for their gifts, supervised by the children. I had one special whole family gift for all 11 of us. This summer we will all spend a week together at house in York, Maine. I am a big believer in the joys of anticipation so I put together another “gift” for the vacation.
It was a wonderful holiday season, truly special. January is here now, a quieter time, and perhaps much needed after all of the holiday activities. 😉 And finally we got some snow!!!!! ❄️🌨️⛄️ Last winter was a big disappointment in the snow amount, nearly zero, so any snow fall this year was welcomed. Ok, welcomed by some of us – ME! Why live in New England if there are no seasons? The change of seasons is what I love most about this region.
With January here, our thoughts turn even more to the anticipation of summer cruising times. Yes, I can both enjoy the winter and snow AND look forward to warm weather cruises. Remember, anticipation is half of the of the joy!