Bah!” “Humbug!”    

December 25, 2015

Season’s Greetings from the other side of space and time — where the wind is more relevant than the news and the winter solstice more so than Santa.  Far more humans have celebrated/worshiped this time of rebirth than have Santa’s arrival!

Raven’s Dance, and her captain, are in port in Puerto Vallarta for the holidays.

Raven's Dance in Puerto Vallarta Marina
Raven’s Dance in Puerto Vallarta Marina

Cruising is never so different from a land life than at Christmas. In PV there are no decorated trees or Christmas carols… no genuine spirit of Christmas.   Only”Xmas” where X stands for the army of commercial vendors.  And in spite of my admiration for the local crafts and desire to support local craftsmen, I have no need to purchase their wares, as I lack for nothing.

Here are the only two “Santas” I could find.
Christmas

The only Santa I could find

 

The commercial corruption of Christmas is everywhere overflowing, making it an especially hollow time for me.

Silver hand-made jewelry - a Mexican specialty
Silver hand-made jewelry – a Mexican specialty
Hopeful street vendor with a hat customer
Hopeful street vendor with a hat customer
Craftsman makes and sells his own jewelry
Craftsman makes and sells his own jewelry
Street vendor engages a potential customer
Street vendor engages a potential customer
Craftswoman selling onyx lamps and trinkets
Craftswoman selling onyx lamps and trinkets
Mexican street vendor proud of his wares
Mexican street vendor proud of his war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living the dream of the cruising life is my choice. But no choice,   however agreeable, comes without a cost.  Ironically, the further I travel the closer I come to those I cherish.   This year my Christmas gift to my self is the poignant reminder that I never know as clearly what I love as when it is absent one year. This dear family and friends near and far, brings me with a singular Christmas wish for you:

Ramp up your expressions of love (before it’s too late).
Reach out to new friends (your reach far exceeds your grasp)
Give more gratitude than you think you have (you always have more) —

for in the 3,000 nautical miles we’ve sailed through storm and bliss, from the Northern Lights to the tropical waters,
the true meaning of Christmas and  family and friends have no earthly equal.

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Howard Edson
s/v Raven’s Dance
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
December 25, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Bah!” “Humbug!”    

  1. Howard:

    Your lovely sentiment is very well described. Thank you.

    (PS: Love your photos, too!)

    *Bernie* * Captain Bernie Weiss * *Connecticut Compass LLC*

    *Atlantic Yacht Delivery LLC Sail / Power Instruction / Training*

    *CaptainBernieWeiss@Gmail.com* *203.969.5936*

    *Good seamanship is defined as having sufficient intelligence, * * experience, and foresight to avoid desperate circumstances demanding same.*

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  2. Hi Howard and Feliz navidad to you and your crew. So good to hear from you. I always look forward to your next message. Here’s wishing you all safe travels and voyages in 2016 and beyond!!

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