Not one decoration comes down until after Old Christmas Day. Not one!
But I must admit, my heart is not into it so much anymore. Kinda like the rest of the world, I think.
It is a bit of a mystery though- we are pretty eager to tack 6 weeks onto the front end of the Christmas Season but pretty darn reluctant to end it on the final day, let alone tack a day or so on the rear end of it.
A similar thing happened to me on the first vacation I took to an all-inclusive resort with my sister and friends. On the last day of our visit our bus wasn't supposed to pull out until three in the afternoon. I figured that meant we had half a day remaining to the vacation. I looked pretty pathetic, traipsing around in my bathing suit and cover up...on the beach...with my suitcase. But I learned something important- if you have extra time on the last day of a trip, it is best used to slowly say goodbye instead of pretending that it isn't over yet.
But I digress.
So here I am at Old Christmas Day. Saying a slow goodbye.
And because last night was still Christmas, my Sherpa guide and I decided to take a long-overdue dart out to Port de Grave to see the fishing boats that are decorated for Christmas.
I had gone out to see the boats for the first time in 2013. It was windy and extremely cold; I nearly froze to death and the snaps sucked.
I wanted to go again in 2014, but by the time we found time, we had "Dark NL"; the electricity was gone for many days leaving the boats in the dark. As was most of the island. And in the cold!
2015 Christmas season whizzed by quickly and I thought we might miss the boats again when I saw the forecast of rain and wind. But, as it often does around here, the forecast changed. So last night we grabbed two of our favourite people and drove out for a little gander.
The boats were beautiful! The night was quite still and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Ka-ching!
I did get a few snaps, but I didn't want to tax my Sherpa guide tooooo much and turn it into a mega shoot. So I still have 'The Boats in Port de Grave at Christmas Time' on my 'To Shoot' list. I would like the next one to be in the fog. I think that would be lovely, and highly appropriate.
So tonight we will say a slow goodbye to Christmas, emptying what is left in the stockings, eating up the liquor filled chocolates, and finishing off the cake and cookies. Maybe I'll spike the hot chocolate with some Baileys. After all....it's still Christmas!
All the above photos were taken in 2013 with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS USM lens.
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