North blizzards wreak havoc, while here in the Florida Keys, holiday traditions take on a slight twist.
Instead of Frosty the Snowman, Sombrero beach-going families build a sandman, or at least the head, complete with makeshift eyes, nose and mouth courtesy of Mother Nature.
Rather than walking through the snow, we dinghied over to friends for Christmas eve dinner (thanks Ron & Dee, and glad Patty could join us too).
|Dee cooked up a great|
Christmas eve dinner aboard
their sailboat, Ursa Minor.
|Patty Gilles Hamilton another|
cruiser we first befriended in
|Ron Claus. Ironic to spend|
Christmas with the Clauses!
Christmas Day dinner we tandem-dinghied with Ron & Dee & Patty to their Texan friends, Jeff and Mary, then dinner together out. Lobster and grouper were plated up as well as the more traditional prime rib. After dinner, as the rain came down on our dinghy ride home, we were glad we tandemed, as towed Ron and Dee's dinghy motor died. We towed them back.
|Drip-dry time after our wet ride back from Christmas dinner.|
All in all, it was another tropical Christmas to remember (as was our last tropical Christmas in St. Martin - click here for more about that including an original Caribbean carol spoof [wrote more if you're really interested] and here for more yachtie tropical holiday twists), rife with new friends and altered traditions, filled with cheer.
What new traditions will next year's Christmas and New Year's bring? Who knows. Our current plans will place us en route to the South Pacific then.
Please share your more memorable extraordinary holiday experiences!