I hope everyone is continuing to have happy holiday season! I know that booze and beaches don’t feel very winter-holiday festive to most of my readers, but to me they feel like home. We’ve done lots of traditional food and family this year too. If Adam had been home this would have been my perfect Christmas!
Saturday morning, after my run, we met up with my aunt and cousins (the visiting set) for breakfast at Barefoot Buddha. I got an iced coffee with Silk soy milk.
Barefoot Buddha is my favorite restaurant in St. Thomas (I ate the Bigfoot Bagel Sandwich on the morning of my wedding!) and our meal did not disappoint. My mom and I split two sandwiches so we could get lots of flavor.
The wrap special had tons of veggies, sesame tofu, and a peanut sauce.
And the Bigfoot Bagel Sandwich had egg, turkey, turkey bacon, cream cheese, and a chipotle aioli.
Yum and yum.
The day was spent on holiday preparations and I ate a handful of carrots at one point for some crunchy energy.
Then it was time to celebrate.
My family has thrown a big (tequila shot flowing) Christmas Eve party for as long as I can remember and it felt a little strange not to have one this year. But the visiting family came over for dinner and then a big group met for drinks at the Island Time Pub and it was nice in a new way.
We had Hanukkah dinner leftovers for dinner.
a little bit each of pineapple chili salmon and sour cream dill salmon,
and more potato latkes.
I also had a 7-layer bar and a small slice of “crack pie” before we headed out.
Then I had a great time getting to drink and chat with a bunch of family and friends. O-bomb shot,
black and coke,
jack and ginger.
Funny, I did not end up running Christmas morning 🙂
Christmas with my parents was perfect, though Adam was very missed.
Great minds think alike – my mother and I ended up buying each other the same doxie pen!
While we unwrapped I had a coffee with eggnog,
and a cherry cordial straight from my stocking.
Then our visiting family came over for breakfast.
egg and cheese casserole,
half a mini bagel with cream cheese,
and a piece of 7-layer bar.
Plus a piece of sour candy cane my cousins brought me later.
Then Christmas afternoon was spent on the water.
Fun fact – here is a (far away) shot of the beach where Adam and I got married!
A Christmas tradition is to spend the day in “Christmas Cove.” There were 40+ boats all connected together but I never did get a good shot.
The crystal light-vodka-whatever I was handed may have had something to do with that.
Is there anything more perfect than Christmas at the beach?
After we washed off the salt, everyone went to my (St. Thomas based) aunt and uncle’s house for Christmas dinner.
Before we headed over I made myself a plate of apple slices and latkes,
but the combination of booze and sun must have hit me hard because I hit the fruit and cheese spread like there was no tomorrow.
Everyone was (lovingly) teasing me about the blog so I did manage to take a picture of every single (9!) cracker/cheese bite!
But I did keep my dinner plate simple. One thing for health and one thing for fun.
A big pile of salad,
and a big pile of truffle mac and cheese.
The husband is going to be so very jealous; last year he finished off three plates of that macaroni!
After a long-long day we just had to squeeze in one more piece of festivity, so my mom and female cousins and I went out for girly embarrassing drinks.
That’s a virgin pina colada, and even sans alcohol it was a little too much for me. Merry Christmas indeed!
Today is my last day on island, so I made sure to get an early start. My amazing mother drove me to school before 8 so I could get in final run on the field. ~1 +ish mile ran. I forgot my sunscreen so I kept it short. Now as soon as I get some party pictures e-mailed I’m off to soak up as much family time as I can.
Do you Christmas/Hanukkah traditions include any beach time?