This year “Breaking Tradition” was the theme of our Christmas.
First off, we made kind of a spontaneous decision not to travel up north. We made this choice for various reasons, and we will be making the trip in the summer. This year, it was time to do something different.
So we were on our own for the holidays. This the first time in our marriage that we haven’t visited relatives for Christmas, and we wanted to make sure it wasn’t depressing. Drawing on our success from Thanksgiving, we created a holiday experience that was uniquely…us!
We wanted a real tree, but none of them were small enough. So we bought the last artificial one at Family Dollar.
The stockings were hung over the settee with care…
Beanie got some “Reindeer food” from school, so she spread it over the bow to help Santa’s reindeer find us.
Notice the low tide. Boarding was difficult, even with the ladder.
Beanie awoke at 5 a.m. (yes we were up already, because we were so excited!) and chattered to us about the thudding sound she heard when the reindeer landed on the boat, and the sleigh bells. (For those who don’t know, Santa comes through the hatch when he delivers presents to boats). Finally, at 6, we let her open her presents.
She had to open the big one first…
Because her stocking was filled with homemade mixes!
My present came in a cardboard box with “Apple” written in faux-Cyrillic.
I had lost my beloved iPod to the depths of Clear Lake back in October. Rob found a broken one of e-bay and repaired it to like-new condition.
Beanie has wanted a Hide Away pet, and we found a new one at the ICM thrift store. That’s also where we found the Easy Bake Oven, for $4.
A shave kit for Rob. I also got him a Maggard razor, but couldn’t find where I’d hidden it! He found it later, stashed in the bathroom.
And a pipe rack, with a few pipes…
Beanie enjoyed her numerous e-bay and thrift store finds.
Back when we lived in Michigan, Beanie had a suitcase filled with costumes. Since she was outgrowing them, they got left behind during the move, and Beanie has asked about it many times. So I stocked up on 90% off costumes after Halloween, and found a suitcase at Goodwill.
After opening presents, we headed over to my parents’ apartment (they were in Michigan, so we were house-sitting) to enjoy some hors d’voures.
And yes, Beanie’s Easy Bake Oven and costumes came along!
Every year that Rob and I have been together, we have made a cookie house. We began by making them from scratch. Then, after we got married, we started buying kits. Now we buy a kit and hot glue it together! Here’s this year’s creation, which is mainly Beanie’s vision:
So that was our Christmas! Spending it on the boat got us thinking about our future and our plans, which still include eventually cruising full-time. And while that is at least a few years down the road, we have started brainstorming ways to make that possible. In that spirit, I have begun experimenting with various projects to use my writing to help support us.
As I try new projects, I will, unfortunately, be spending less time with you here. But fear not–Journey to Ithaca will continue until the day we leave port. (I already have my last post planned out, but that will be quite a few years from now!)
As far as immediate plans are concerned, our winter break is far from over. Tonight, Beanie and I will visit the zoo and look at the Christmas lights (here’s hoping that it warms up and doesn’t rain!). And tomorrow we’re heading to Houston’s Jellystone Park to celebrate New Year’s. This campground is cheaper than the one at Canyon Lake, but our accommodations will be much more rustic. I will be posting pictures.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well! I will meet up with you in 2015.