We arrived in Key West on Christmas Eve after our first big (albeit passing) storm at sea.
Wildlife (manatees, giant tarpon) and thankfully, cocktails awaited us.
Back in October, I thought hard about how to provision the boat for the holidays – not easy!
I found a great Christmas blog post on the website of a friend: www.sailingtotem.com. I loved seeing how other cruising families kept the holiday spirit and so I was bound and determined to follow suit.
We nailed it. We brought a tiny travel tree with us, even though we were longing for the pine scent of a real one. Milk and cookies were set out for Santa under our tree. Tony read “Twas the Night before Christmas..” to the kids on the engine boxes. Oliver and Sophia wake up Christmas morning ready to go!
Christmas Eve was as un-conventional as they come, and yet.
We grilled dinner on the boat and had a cozy evening, just us and Cortado. It rained during the night which made for some adventure, but Christmas morning came with a glow of sun, warmth and lots of presents!
The presents filled the main salon. Santa brought us R-E-Y Code Flags which were promptly hung. Lynne’s look of surprise to see that Santa had actually found us in Key West!