Mele Kalikimaka is the island way

Well it’s AN island way to say Merry Christmas. The Virgin Islands way is…Merry Christmas. Sometimes we’re just ‘merica down here. The Hawaiian way is much more interesting though right??

Anyway! So much has happened in these past few weeks, and we can’t wait to share! It’s been quite the holiday season for us on island.

We went to a Christmas tree lighting in Crown Bay Marina (one of our cruise ports) where we listened to live music, started our Christmas shopping, and ate some delicious local food. Christmas lights are few and far between on island so people flock to lighting events. We drove around for nearly 20 minutes searching for a place to park. It was so worth it for the pictures and the pumpkin johnny cake (a fried bread similar to a beignet but usually not made with sugar)! We even got some delicious holiday gelato!

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This time last year we went to the Christmas tree lighting in Havensight (the more common cruise port) where we tried johnny cakes and pate (a hand pie that is baked or fried and stuff with meat) for the first time! We also caught the Christmas parade, shopped the stores, and admired the first sign of Christmas on de island.

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We finally made it to the boat parade this year for Miracle on Main Street and had a festive evening with friends!

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December 23 was Meg’s last day working at The Ritz-Carlton. We also hosted a Christmas party that night which was a pseudo farewell (but not good-bye) to my Ritz co-workers. Naturally we made plenty of holiday treats, listened to some island Christmas music, and played white elephant (which was the first experience many of our friends ever had with the game). We had so much fun and were yet again so thankful for our island family to spend Christmas with!

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Meg started her new job on Christmas Eve and is now working at the same property as DJ. Christmas Eve night we went to St. John to hand out candy on behalf of our church in Cruz Bay to the kids when Santa came over on the ferry to hand out gifts. We had lots of fun even in the rain!

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We had a great Christmas together at home, sleeping in, eating pancakes, and opening presents! We are so thankful for the gifts and Christmas cards that were sent to us. We feel immensely blessed to be in the thoughts of our family and friends while being so far from home. Last year our Christmas budget was small and our island acquaintances were few. Megan worked all day Christmas Eve and Christmas day. This year looked quite different for us, and we are in awe of how far God has brought us in a year! Although we did start a tradition of sushi and Chinese food for Christmas dinner last year which we joyfully upheld again this year 😉 !

One regrettable aspect of Christmas this year was that we did not have time to take a photo and send out Christmas cards due to our recent trips home. That being said:

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Holiday Cheer
Until Next Year,

Megs

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  1. Love reading about your adventures! Even though you are greatly missed here, so glad you are having such wonderful experiences in St. Thomas! So thankful that you have made such good friends and are blessed to be in a place that you love!

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