We've been struggling to get into the Christmas mood. For old folks like us, Christmas is a holiday filled with memories and there is little here that can correspond with past holidays we've celebrated. So we're trying to do what Floridians do minus all the things they are doing that are not COVID safe. We headed to the coast to see the Christmas boat parade. From the newspaper we had a vague notion of the route, but Florida is notorious for blocking off access to the water unless you own a condo there or pay to park there. We felt lucky to find a grassy knoll where we settled in with our lawn chairs a COVID-safe distance from a nearby family and waited for the sun to go down and the boats to arrive.
In the distance we could see almost one hundred pleasure boats lining up along the causeway and we became aware of another significant crowd gathering behind us. We could hardly blame them; we were in an ideal spot. But these days having unmasked people standing behind us breathing down our heads was disconcerting. When I moved away from one seated very near by and put on my mask, people took the hint and gave us a little more space without any guns being drawn. And I must admit that some of the parade watchers standing behind us wore masks, too. Hopefully, the light breeze helped as well.
The parade was fabulous, but you'll have to take my word for it, because photographing moving boats in the dark was more than my camera or my skills could really document. I tried all the night settings my camera has and mostly ended up with squiggles and blobs. Some of the boats played music, but I was surprised that little of it was of the holiday. A few featured American flags in lights, which were probably left over from the parade on the 4th of July. Many were elaborately decorated with lights hanging everywhere, the result of many hours of hard work. Santa sailed on many of the boats, which was easier to see on the well-lit ones, of course. If climate change continues, maybe someday we'll be able to attend a similar Christmas boat on Lake Michigan.