The Core Sound Decoy Festival on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina just happens to coincide with the same weekend as the Christmas Flotilla.
Kim and I by chance discovered the flotilla (a parade on water) one December years ago when we were walking along the Morehead City waterfront on a Saturday evening after supper. That flotilla consisted of about 5 decorated boats, but I thought (Kim was a little less enthusiastic!) it was so very cool.
Mama has some special memories of Christmas as she was growing up in North Carolina in the 1940's and '50's. Her family may not have had much money, but there was plenty of love to go around and magical memories for a little girl!
I picked out our Christmas tree in record time this year.
And as I was heading home, the intoxicating smell of fresh-cut pine filling the VeraCruz, I couldn't help but smile thinking about how today's tree-buying is a whole lot different than it was 30 years ago.