2017 Life Logs, Day 335: Holidays by the Sea Begins
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 54, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It is the first day of December and Falmouth launched its annual Holidays by the Seas weekend tonight. I had a low-key day and then mid-afternoon I went to pick up Sam, Jonah, and Ollie. We packed up clothes for the weekend and headed to Anytime Fitness, the official check-in place for tomorrow morning’s runs. We got t-shirts, jingle bells, and bib numbers for everyone for the Elf Run and Jingle Jog in the morning. Then we drove to Woods Hole to meet Jed at Nobska Lighthouse to sing carols. It is usually really chilly, but tonight the temperature was mild—no hats and gloves needed. After the first couple of carols, some of Sam’s friends came to get him to go run in the field. Jonah loves to sing, but a couple of carols later, the lure of playing with friends became too much and he took off as well. That left Jed and I with Ollie. Ollie was the picture of Christmas wearing a green elf hat and his red winter coat. And he was totally fascinated by the singers leading the carols. He asked me to point to the words in the printed program and even though he can’t read, he mouthed the words and conducted with his hands. There’s no way to capture such precious moments. I just feel lucky to be able to be there to watch.

After the caroling, I left Jed with the boys as they were continuing to socialize and I headed home to get dinner ready. Jed and boys arrived first, and Heather arrived shortly after. The boys burst through the door full of excitement. They had been listening to the songs from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas on the way and wanted to watch the video during dinner. I caved and said that would be fine. Tis the season. The boys and Heather are now asleep and Jed and I need to shut down our computers for the night. By 9 am, Jonah and Ollie will be running in the Elf Run and when they are done, we will watch Sam and Heather run in the 3-mile Jingle Jog. This is the first time Sam has run more than a mile, so Heather is hoping to convince him that he needs to pace himself. This is not a race. It is a fun run!