Tis the season,
A big part of living aboard is the "living" part. Since this is our first Christmas living aboard ... What ideas do you have for celebrating the season?
The wife just saw solar powered Xmas lights for sale for $20 per 15' strand on QVC. Not sure if the expense of these shorter strands meet the savings of using the (longer) standard AC powered strands for 6 hours per night?
In a possible vain attempt to keep this thread on track or course, I would advise the following:
Skip Christmas aboard, unless you are seriously Christian. Celebrating the actual holiday (which is redolent in many a mind as a family occasion, featuring in the first part an orgy of gift opening, and in the second part an impractically large meal hard to replicate on a boat) in a cabin, no matter how well appointed, is rife with the potential for disappointment. Rather, keep the holiday close, make a really nice breakfast, and, weather permitting, get off your own boat to visit others, or perhaps to do some charity work, followed by what non-Christians do: go out for Chinese.
As a more nautical/pagan/useful observance, consider borrowing a sextant, if you don't own one of your own (and you really should, you know) and take noon sights from your deck or dock in the week leading up to the winter solstice (usually Dec. 21). Seeing the sun reach its lowest point on the southern horizon (or highest point on the northern, for certain Wombatish persons) really brings home the sort of global consciousness I feel behooves a sailor to possess. Yule is an important holiday for me, full of symbols and meaning that frankly Christmas no longer possesses. Also, having a sextant means you can literally go out the next day and PROVE by simple observation that summer, despite all indicates to the contrary, is coming in.
Happy Yule, and keep your wicks trimmed.