Here is another topic for my “Then and Now” series. This festive time of the year has been different for us, over the years, as my article “Caribbean Christmas Afloat” in All At Sea magazine partly depicts. Underneath is a glimpse into our Christmases then (mostly during the time we lived and sailed on Irie) and now, at our current house sit.
2008 – Culebra, Puerto Rico
Mark, Darwin, Kali and I were ready to explore the real Caribbean in our 35′ sailboat. Unfortunately, the day after Christmas, our sweet girl Kali passed away and nothing would ever be the same anymore.
2009 – St. Pierre, Martinique
One of the most beautiful anchorages in the Caribbean was our location on Christmas in 2009. It was just the three of us enjoying a quiet day of giving Darwin a bath and exploring the town.
2010 – Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
This Christmas was the most fun one during our eight years on Irie. We had the company of our good friends Rosie (my BFF), Sim and Dave. Funky decorations and amazing food made the day complete.
2011 – Cholon, Columbia
Mark and I had decided to leave the Eastern Caribbean after three years and were traveling through Columbia on our sail west in 2011. Ex-pats threw a party on shore for the cruisers. It was a fun potluck with small gifts for everyone.
2012 – Linton, Panama
Mark and I were on the move throughout Panama on Irie in 2012. We had just finished hauling the boat and needed to sail back to the San Blas Islands to meet family. We celebrated Christmas, just the two of us, with yummy food on board.
2013 – Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia
Christmas was celebrated with friends on Irie with games and yummy meals during cyclone season in the southern hemisphere. The evening before, a local food shack had thrown a potluck party for the cruisers.
2014 – Taha’a, French Polynesia
A year later, there was a cyclone threat and we were “holed up” in a safe anchorage with a few friends. We celebrated Christmas on Irie again with amazing food and good times.
2015 – The Villages, Florida
By the end of 2015, Mark and I had “moved” ashore and were house and pet sitting for Barnie and Brody in Florida, before the long winter in New England. We met up with our best cruising friends Sim and Rosie who were also in Florida, on their boat.
Now – Rocklin, California
This year, we celebrated Christmas in the suburbs of Northern California, with dog Hercules.
We browsed the downtown of Nevada City during Victorian Christmas and managed to not spend a dime. We have everything we need! 🙂
We visited Theater of Lights in Sacramento one evening.
One of our most recent evenings, we took Herk for a walk in the festively lit neighborhood.
On Christmas Eve, Mark and I went to the mall (and did not buy anything, nor were tempted to enter any store) to soak up the atmosphere and spent the evening with good food (we made a vegetarian nut roast with roasted veggies), wonderful wine and each other.
Christmas was quiet with a lovely breakfast, time with Herk, gifts and a sunny walk.
And, the evening of Christmas Day, we drove to the expo of Sacramento to visit the Global Winter Wonderland exhibition. It was freezing cold, but the spectacle of lights brought some warmth into our body and soul.
How was your Christmas? Was it comparable to previous years?