Monday, December 28, 2015

Boxing Day Adventures

We had a delightful hike on Boxing Day, trading winter for spring temperatures. An hour and a half of walking and enjoying the beautiful woods and streams on our way to the beach. The full moon tide had the water well above normal but we were still able to enjoy a walk in the sand.

Our Christmas was in both our opinions, “The Best Christmas Ever”. Our children agreed to a no gift Christmas, except for our 5 year old grandson. It was so relaxing and enjoyable on Christmas morning.

Ever since my children were old enough to go shopping, they would each pick out a gift (that they would have wanted) and drop it in the Toys for Tots box. This year our local family owned department store was doing something different and a bit confusing (it doesn’t take much) to me. So instead, I decided to payoff someone’s layaway (yes thankfully this is still quite popular in our wonderful local store) for Christmas. I asked a sales clerk that I know to decide how to distribute it since he is always so helpful and would know who might need it the most. There were times when my children were little when this would have been a huge help to us, so this felt like the right thing to do.

I hope your Christmas was as enjoyable! 


  1. Sounds like a lovely Christmas. Great idea to pay off a layaway. I bet they were surprised!!

  2. In France, many people swam in the sea during Christmas holidays ! Can you believe that ?
    Temperatures are very crasy !
    I hope you spent a lovely Christmas time with your family !

  3. It looks lovely at the beach! Wonderful Christmas and I bet you made someones day when they went to pick up their layaway!

  4. Love the idea of the Boxing Day hike to the beach - great way to work off the Christmas fare too! What a nice thing to gift someone's layaway :)

  5. Your family's way of sharing the holiday with others was a lovely gift. Thanks for the idea. Loved seeing you enjoying the beach!

  6. Sounds like a very special Christmas. I love that you paid off a layaway for someone. What a kind gesture.

  7. I've heard of the pay a layaway and I'd love to find one. This year I participated in the Secret Senior project. I picked 2 men and 2 women and bought and wrapped small gifts. I think there are many older people who don't have family celebrations.
    We went to the sound the day after too!!
    Happy New Year. I'm so glad I found your blog this year.