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Christmas Lights and Decor

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?

Other ideas?

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For my boat, I bought a 3.5 ft tree at a dollar store for 5 bucks. I also have 2 strings of LED lites. I think they cost $7.00 each. Gold bells and red apples again at the dollar store.

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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?
laughing at the lemmings still caught in the money/buying/consumerist echo of an ancient pagan ritual.

the amount of $$$ north americans spend on themselves at this time of year is sufficient to end world hunger, provide schooling for everyone, and vaccinate the world against all the major preventable diseases. it's a tremendous influx of carbon into the atmosphere and generates mountains of residual waste. by any standard it is a moral, economic and environmental travesty. but that's what happens when capitalism becomes the major cultural ethic.

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Actually, the capitalism isn't the bad part... it is the runaway materialism... big difference.

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I assume you're going to the lighted boats parade? I think it's this weekend in DC and I know it's next weekend in Annapolis.

For decor, we swirl green rope lights around the split backstay and red lights on the bimini, and a red bow on the bow. {Huh, I just noticed how funny that looks, written out, they're two different words if you say 'em}. The LAs here have a nautical white elephant gift exchange that can be really funny - know anyone who needs 1982 charts of the Ches. Bay, or a knot-tying handbook?
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Everyone should just get a Christmas Candy Cane avatar like me!!
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On a cold winter day in Iraq I took a small, battery powered CHRISTMAS tree from foxhole to foxhole and celebrated Christmas with my men. I had a single bag of Oreos...each man received one oreo.

I don't know where "Hoffa Lives" but, I do know that the spirit of Christmas lives in many of us, no matter how far we are from those we love.

People risk thier lives to come here. If you can hate what we are so much, and do so little to make a difference. Go to those places...dig a well, replant the rain forrest, rage against the machine.

I say...spend what you have, on what you want, on who you want.

I know men who would have wanted to be alive...to be here...to be able to do just that.

No matter what it is...this is America...this is home...this is us.

Celebrate it...Merry Christmas!!!
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Dun - Thanx for your service, and for the reminder that the best gifts of the season aren't the ones that come from the mall.

AND that not celebrating materialistically DOESN'T mean "not celebrating." I'm gonna get an even bigger bow to tie on our bow, now.
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laughing at the lemmings still caught in the money/buying/consumerist echo of an ancient pagan ritual.

the amount of $$$ north americans spend on themselves at this time of year is sufficient to end world hunger, provide schooling for everyone, and vaccinate the world against all the major preventable diseases. it's a tremendous influx of carbon into the atmosphere and generates mountains of residual waste. by any standard it is a moral, economic and environmental travesty. but that's what happens when capitalism becomes the major cultural ethic.
This also produces billions in sales tax, which our government in turn, pisses away on other countries around the world. It's the American way...a country built without financial aid from anyone!
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On a cold winter day in Iraq I took a small, battery powered CHRISTMAS tree from foxhole to foxhole and celebrated Christmas with my men. I had a single bag of Oreos...each man received one oreo.

I don't know where "Hoffa Lives" but, I do know that the spirit of Christmas lives in many of us, no matter how far we are from those we love.

People risk thier lives to come here. If you can hate what we are so much, and do so little to make a difference. Go to those places...dig a well, replant the rain forrest, rage against the machine.

I say...spend what you have, on what you want, on who you want.

I know men who would have wanted to be alive...to be here...to be able to do just that.

No matter what it is...this is America...this is home...this is us.

Celebrate it...Merry Christmas!!!
there is no relationship between men dying, placed in harm's way by the proven lies of a corrupt administration and a thousands-of-years-old tradition the roots of which aren't even american. and i think you do these men a great disservice when you suggest that they are dying for the right of americans to spend money on the materialistic binge that this season has become.

are there good feelings at xmas? sure. but you have to examine it deeper, look at the consequences, ramifications, and what it means on a greater context, rather then just liking the pretty lights.

the notion that this what we are so celebrate it, is too simple, and one of the reasons 'the season' has so thoroughly been co-opted by commercial interests. people don't question what and why they are doing.

are the western values worth preserving and even defending? absolutely - the right to think and question, to behave according to one's values, pursue truth and meaning as one defines them, critique those in power, seek equality for all, and on and on. there might even have been important values in christmas once upon a time, but today...

given the points i made about economics, values and the environment, the material traditions of this season have become diametric to the values it supposedly espouses.

besides, if those values are important, we should be living them every day, not just duringthe winter solstice. that's what i try to do anyway, and so i don't get all the hoopla about the season, much less the material orgy. i do practice love to all that i meet, and unfortunately i don't find a lot of reciprocity out there. folks are too stressed i guess from all the money they spend and the debt they racked up last xmas.

anyway, this is supposed to be a sailing thread so let's see...jesus was a sailor?

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