We have totally embraced winter here in our little coastal town. Cozy hot chocolates in bars. Wandering the quite streets, lit with Christmas lights. Walks when the only faces we see are those we know. Its like stepping back in time, and I wouldnt miss this time for the world.
The shops are holding their Christmas display windows, and they are incredible this year. Some are truly works of art. We have enjoyed wandering the streets enjoying them. The girls gleaning great ideas for future art projects.
Our house is decorated for Christmas, our favorite time of year. The girls are wildly excited, and school has been fantastic this month, filled with wonderful Christmas singing , fetes, Christmas arts and crafts and Church services.
At home we have made our Christmas cake, every member of the house hold taking a turn to stir. Last night the girls made the Chocolate log to be cut Christmas Eve. Tradition runs strong in our house, and we look forward to our moments.
A week ago our little town held its annual Lantern Parade. We were there for the first one and it was a small affair with a handful of people. The event has now grown, involving business’s and schools. Other parades we have attended as spectators in the past have been tranquil events. Lanterns moving slowly through the darkened streets, not in our Crazy town. A samba band led the huge procession, father christmas joined in. The crowd danced and weaved its way through the hundreds of people wating. It was amazing. The little one moved her hips in time to the music, the bigger one more reserved but loving every moment. We saw so many friends along the way who waved and cheered. i think it was our best night out ever.
This time of year makes me realise just how lucky we are to live here and be part of this small but amazing town. As much as I love the summer months, its the winter i love most here, and its the winter that drew me to the sea in the first place. The next three weeks are going to be equally amazing, with the Christmas holidays approaching. Loving every moment.