A favorite tradition here is our annual boat parade. Most of the homes lining the water go all out with lights and decor that can be seen from the water and enjoyed as you walk by, but even better than the homes decor is the boat owners that wrap their railings and sails in lights and launch out on the water for the week leading up to Christmas, creating a parade of lights. It is magical! Driving out on the peninsula, there is more of a traffic jam than you'll see on a Saturday in August, people are all bundled up for our "freezing" California winters, families walk along the waters edge, and business stay open late so you can sit and watch the boats float by.
This year my friends and I decided to get a head start on the crowds and we rented our own boat and took the time to look at all the lights shining on the water, from the water. We had too much fun, eating pizza, huddling together to avoid the wind, and singing Christmas Carols loudly to end out the night.
As you are considering what activities to add to your list this Christmas I highly recommend a boat ride with friends, food and, lights!
These pictures cannot being to capture the beautiful lights reflection on the water or the joy in the air, but I can't help but share them to you.