Sunday, 6 January 2013

a wonderful life


Happy Ho Ho

Christmas on Nyon is a simple affair. The stockings, that usually remain empty (last year was an exception), were hung on December 24th as our only decoration. Christmas music CDs were dusted and played for two days, and we ate a few sugar cookies while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”. What can we say, we love Jimmy Stewart. Our traditional Christmas Eve meal, which we had on Christmas Day this year, is quiche and a mixed green salad by candlelight: Uncomplicated and delicious. I made a yam, feta and cranberry quiche. It isn’t my mother-in-law’s tasty Christmas turkey, but we both loved it.   

A first: Homemade cinnamon buns for breakfast
I forgot to read “The Night Before Christmas”, on the night before Christmas, so I sat Rick down on Christmas morning to read it to him. When he was a child, his father would read it to him and his sisters – I think that’s a lovely tradition – I was a little late, but Rick humoured me anyway.

In over 17 years, this was our first Christmas with just the two of us. In the past, we would visit my family in Ontario, or spend Christmas Day with Rick’s family, depending on the year. On our first year away from Canada, some of our closest friends came to Mexico to celebrate with us. We’re fortunate; we have always been surrounded by loved ones.

A new favourite anchorage on Isla Partida
This year, we dropped the hook in El Cardoncito, a small anchorage on Isla Partida. We were the only boat there on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We didn’t want to join in on any large cruiser holiday gatherings in La Paz or elsewhere – hanging out with a bunch of strangers is not our idea of relaxation. 

While we most certainly missed some pretty special people up north, we ended up really enjoying our quiet version of the holiday.

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