It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I really do love this time of year.

It’s when I get to spend time with my adult children.

It’s also the time of year that special annual festivities take place.

Like the Christmas Ships party that my dear friend throws.

A house full of people, laughter, conversation, food and drinks.

Children building gingerbread houses.

Dogs.

Renewed friendships. Every year we check in with friends we don’t see any other time of the year.

Though there are piles and piles of delicious food at the party, the main attraction is always the atmosphere and the people.

It’s so much fun.

And then the flotilla of decorated ships arrives and we all head down to the water.

The lucky ones are close to the fire pit staying toasty warm.

Then the music blares from the boats speakers and we all sing along.

Even those of us who probably shouldn’t be singing out loud in public (I’m talking about me).

One of the absolute joys of growing up and living in maritime Washington State, is decorated boats at Christmas.

Lights twinkling off the boats and reflecting into the water.

As we head into this season of parties and celebrations, it’s a nice time to focus on what makes this season so special.

Whatever it may be for you.

Because long after the taste of whatever it was you ate fades, your best memories will be of the people and events, and the feelings you had.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or plain Happy Holidays to you.

May this holiday season be filled with love, joy and people you adore.