For the past few years I have spent Christmas with my friends Elizabeth and Rusty, and their children Katy, Margaret (super-duper god-daughter no. 1) and Sam (fantastical godson no.2), sharing the holiday spirits with their extended family and network of friends.
This year, sometime before Thanksgiving, I saw a New York Times article about the high number of whales being spotted in Monterey Bay. I suggested whale watching during the Christmas trip if the whales were still in residence. We went, and it was a day to remember!