Christmas in Hawaii

It’s Christmas Eve morning and I’ve got Kona coffee brewing and Mac playing with toys on the couch next to me.  President Obama and his family are supposed to be arriving on Oahu today, staying at a beach house over in Kailua which isn’t all that far from here.  Hawaii is so excited about its president coming ‘home’ for Christmas.  Can’t say I blame them.    Hawaii is a small place and pretty isolated.  It’s wonderful to have a president that comes home to Hawaii.

This year I gave up on buying real Christmas trees for the beach house.  Real trees are so expensive in Hawaii and they’re usually small and dead before you even get them decorated.  Instead I ‘invested’ in a big white tree that looks really fun and fresh in our house.  All the ornaments on the tree have a water, Hawaii, or tropical theme—glass balls with painted scenes of the islands, Santa on a surfboard, Santa in a surf jeep, Santa scuba diving, glass aloha shirts, hula girls, fish, fish, and more fish, as well as strung shells.   It’s a perfect tree for Hawaii and makes me smile everytime I look at it.  

My boys, my sister Kathy, and her daughter Krystyna, don’t arrive until the 26th, which is when we’ll open packages and have a special meal.  In the meantime, Surfer  Ty is working today, doing a North Shore tour, and then plans to teach part day tomorrow, so it’s a low key holiday until the rest of my gang arrives but I like it.  I need it.  I’m slowly realizing Christmas isn’t about doing more, its about feeling more.  Feeling love.  Feeling peace.  Feeling gratitude.

So Merry Christmas to all.   And is anyone else looking forward to the new year?  I can’t wait.  But January means back to work as I’ve a novella due end of the month!

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