Normally this is a pretty busy time for us, sons Jon and/or Chris visiting, but not this year, they having other commitments. So recently Ann and I took our boat up the Intracoastal, first to the Waterway Cafe where we tied up for dinner as the sun was setting and, then, after dark, further up the Intracoastal to view the Christmas lights such as the "modest" display below.
Earlier in the month we went to a party to view the Palm Beach Boat parade, this very brief video showing those Florida Christmas festivities.
Or how about an Osprey sitting high up a nearby tree positioned like an angel on a Christmas tree?
Amazing, this is our 14th Christmas in Florida -- our first one pictured here. Seems like yesterday.
As much as Christmases here have their own kind of high spirits, those we've left behind in Connecticut were special. We were younger, our sons were growing, eagerly anticipating Christmas morning. Those holidays were particularly unforgettable when it snowed, and we had the wood burning stove going, the crackling of the wood filling our family room with the definitive word that winter had arrived. Shoveling the snow and walking the road when it was a winter wonderland are moments of the past which spring to mind, even while it is 80 degrees here.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is I'll Be Home for Christmas which was first released as a V-disk for our servicemen during WW II. Here is my brief rendition in memory of my Dad who was serving when this was released, and those special years in Connecticut.
And to all, a Happy and Healthy Holiday!