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December 26, 2007

Christmas of Contentment

Filed under: Holiday,Travel,Travel in Central America — Heligypsy @ 7:26 am

That’s what I’m calling this Christmas 2007. The only thing greater than the day we had yesterday would have been if each one of our loved ones spread throughout the world could have been there with us – and since that’s hardly going to happen in any location, let alone here in Central America we just have to hold them in our hearts and share our love via internet.

What else was missing from our Christmas? Hassle, stress, and over-consumption (of gifts and food).

We sat on the island beach at a wooden table waiting for our breakfast of huevos rancheros, listening to Eddie Money, the Cars and even Axle Rose…Welcoming Us To The Jungle over Sirrius radio at the Canadian Sports Bar on Caye Caulker. Eventually they did serenade with a few rocken’ Christmas tunes. I took in a big deep breath and tried to find the words for how I felt. There was something very ironic about what was going on. I can not remember a time that I was so relaxed and at peace – yet both in such abundance I thought I would burst! Was it this island, whose slogan is “Go Slow”, or was it the simplicity of this Christmas day, a gift exchange of little more than pure love, and the prospect of spending the day snorkeling around the 2nd largest barrier reef, again, that had me in such a state of bliss.

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After our snorkeling trip we headed back to the sports bar…by the looks of things it was the only eatery in town open. While some folks were going all out and having the full Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Keith and I had plans to eat back at the Marina in Old Belize – so we ordered shrimp ceviche and a couple beers. We intended to be on the 3 pm water taxi back to the mainland, but when our food hadn’t yet arrived we laughed and said “Ok, we’ll give them ONE MORE HOUR to get that ceviche here…and that’s IT!” Ceviche – a seafood salsa type thing served with chips – shouldn’t be to hard to serve up, but, all blissed out and in no hurry we waited. When we finally did return to the Marina, we found that the restaurant had closed at 3, and we were out of luck. Didn’t matter, it was still the perfect day, I did scrounge up some corned beef sandwiches later in the evening, ha!

What will you call your Christmas 2007 – and why?

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3 Comments »

  1. Peaceful and nostalgic is how I’d describe my Christmas. The day was relatively low-key. Met up with a couple of friends from high school whom I hadn’t seen in about 10 years in the afternoon then home for gifts and dinner with the family. Looking at this year’s family photo, the family shrunk (lost 2 husbands, by choice) but it was great to be home in the snow (BTW – I love the falling snow on the blog!).

    Looks like your day was paradise 🙂

    Comment by Jennh — December 28, 2007 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  2. Do you guys REALLY know how lucky you are to be where you are doing what you do being away from the garbage here in the USA? You are truly lucky and blessed to have this time and each other! Have the time of your lives!!! I still miss ya tho!!!

    Comment by Bonnie K. ;-) — December 28, 2007 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

  3. Conflicted for so many reasons!

    I found Christmas in the south, for northerners, so completely foreign – where’s the cold? the snow? the fire on the hearth? the stockings on the mantle? Okay, well that’s just on Christmas cards but you get the idea.

    Nevertheless, yours sounded peaceful.

    Comment by Laura — January 1, 2008 @ 12:05 pm | Reply


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