December seems so festive when the Christmas Ships travel the local waters of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. What a treat it was on Monday night when the whole flotilla cruised past the house, then lingered out in front for a Christmas concert. The weather was perfect, clear and crisp and totally free of wind or rain. In short, a perfect evening for a winter cruise. We bundled up in warm coats, hats and gloves and strolled out to the end of our dock to enjoy the festivities. I'll even admit to joining the onboard chorus for a few carols, though they never knew it.
In years past we strung lights on our previous boat, invited some friends for an onboard dinner and joined in the parade. It was an enjoyable evening for the guests and the hostess, with a hot meal and a warm salon for comfort. Brrrr! the Capt. had to remain alert topside, watching out for traffic like the smaller, unlit boats that would zip across the line of travel. It was fun back in the day, when we kept a boat at our home dock. Since Rhapsody is moored elsewhere, we now enjoy viewing the ships from the comfort of shore.