It’s official, our first island Chanukah / Christmas in the books and it’s been great. We aren’t a religious family, but we like keeping and creating traditions. But since the world ‘takes a day off’ for Christmas, we like to take the holiday season to reflect on what matters most to us, and the love we share with our family and friends. In the past we’ve spent Christmas with my family, Richard’s family, or our friends. Last year we hosted some friends over for a Christmas feast, complete with extravagant wine, cheese, and home cooked dishes filled with love. In many ways it was different from this year, but in a few key ways, it was rather similar.
So, what did we do? Well, we were invited to spend Christmas with friends at Sister’s Beach Bar for an expat pot-luck! So the first night of Chanukah / Christmas Eve, is when we started prepping for the potluck, but we also decided to flip flop some traditions. The NY/LA Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas is something I only experienced a few times but always loved the idea. Since we knew that Rich was going to prepare potato latkes for the Christmas pot luck it seemed only fair that we ate Chinese food on the first night of Chanukah / Christmas Eve ! So that night we ordered a meal from Golden Dragon which is right down the street from us, watched Hook, and I prepped for my potluck dishes; 1 vegan & 1 vegetarian tian style ratatouille.
We drank rum cocktails & beer, were introduced to the few people attending that we didn’t know, and carried on great conversations and caught up with some of our favorite people we don’t see often enough like George and Cindy from JC Ocean Adventures. We watched our friend Nancy paddle board before sunset, and I kicked off my heels long enough to dig my toes into the sand and let the water splash up my legs.
Kayla & Rich