We opted to stay home on Christmas Eve. It was too windy to make our way across the harbor for the 10:30 Christmas Eve service, and just a little too scary too, as it's a bit over a mile trip. We didn't feel like joining the other boaters at Chat n Chill for caroling. Coleen wanted it to be just us. So we enjoyed a little steak dinner in the cockpit, which we lit with candles and our oil lamp. We had a nice dinner, but forgot dessert, so had to make do with pudding cups (ugh). Coleen put together a little program, so we had scripture readings interspersed with carols sung at the top of our lungs.
We enjoyed Christmas dinner along with 80 other boaters at Volley Ball Beach. The Chat n Chill was closed for the day, but graciously allowed us to use their restrooms and generator. We organized into tables of 10 each with a captain. The table captain organized the meal, that way each table had a full spread, including turkey, and we didn’t end up with 15 potato salads (John) at a potluck. After the meal we grazed at the other tables. We all had way too much food.
It was a nice time, but Coleen and I agreed that we felt a bit lonely in a crowd as we both missed Phillip and DJ.