caryn hewlett

adventuress. photographer. writer.

A Coastal Christmas

The famous Santa Cruz surfer statue on West Cliff Drive decked out for the holiday!

It was days after Christmas, and all through the land, not a creature as stirring, except to eat treats…

Happy holidays, darlings! I’m a bit late in posting my Christmas round-up, but honestly, it was so nice to soak up that time at home with my husband and socially-distance outdoor visit family a little. We miss regular times so much, but being home for Christmas for the first time was a special treat that wouldn’t have happened without Covid’s intervention.

Living in a coastal California town, I had always been present for as many pre-Christmas activities as possible before driving off to visit family in a little cabin in the woods up north. Not the North Pole, but something quite similar!

This year has been different: the school closed early and we are having full month off, my husband and I have stayed home, and I have spent this time trying to be present: baking, cooking, crafting, reading, writing, creating… and exploring! My favorite thing!

It is such a privilege to live in Santa Cruz, but that was made abundantly clear at the beginning of the pandemic. It’s December and we have blue skies most days! I’m embracing it and going out as as much and as safely as I can.

When I wasn’t out soaking up as much of the sunshine as possible, I was inspired to create a gingerbread garland made out of cardboard boxes (a perfect way to reuse those Christmas shipping boxes)! I wanted to make mine unique, and so I made my “gingerbread” houses based off of the canal houses of Amsterdam. I think it turned out quite cute!

And some things never change: like watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve while we open stockings and drink hot cocoa.

I hope you had a lovely holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Festivus!

xoxo, Caryn

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