December 25, 2008
The last few days before the holidays are always a hectic mess, but with lots of last minute running around as well as even more fun holiday parties and events. The primary mission for us at least, is the preparation for our annual Christmas Eve open house which includes preparing the house, getting all the food ordered and making sure all our holiday lights are in proper working order. In between the preparation we had a couple of wonderful holiday get-togethers to attend.
Melissa, Jim & Liz
Greg, Liz, Fiona & Kathy
The first was a holiday party at the home of our friend Greg Elliott. Greg lives in Key Haven and each year the Key West Fire Department brings Santa Claus though the neighborhood atop a fire engine. It made for a happy addition to an already great holiday party. There was a huge crowd of friends and plenty of food and libations.
Melissa, Liz & Tracy
Sheila & Rob
The next evening, we joined a large group of 30 friends, led by our friends Nancy and Mark in their annual Holiday lights bike tour. We met first at their home for some delicious White Russians before heading out in a huge posse to visit the many Key West homes that go above and beyond in putting up holiday lights and decorations.
It was beautiful evening with perfect weather and we made it all over new town where most of the most impressive light decorations are located. It was tremendously enjoyable and we hope to add that to our ever increasing list of holiday traditions.
Coffee- The calmest dog on the island.
Jenny & Ashley
We wrapped up the evening by dropping in on yet another holiday party, this one at home of our new across the street neighbors, Ann & Dan. The party doubled as a holiday/ housewarming celebration as they just moved from Big Pine Key. It was fun to be at a gathering where we knew basically none of the people there. Many people might find that intimidating but for Kathy & I, it is just an opportunity to meet exciting new people.
Jenny & Arlo
The rest of the week has been spent getting everything ready for our own party. Our third holiday open house. Once again we will be joined by Kathy’s Aunt Kathy & Uncle Al who are visiting for the holidays from Scituate, Massachusetts. Their visit provides us a taste of family since we have opted not to travel over the holidays for the past few years.
Dan & Ann