What a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas! We have an amazing blend of traditions, being right next door to the oldest large wooden hotel in the US (122 years old), Hotel Del Coronado. Each year they decorate not only the interior, but the entire exterior is also outlined in white lights.
It's magical driving across the bridge to the island and seeing this fairly land reflected in the bay. The tree has a different theme each year, this year it's Santas. It stands over30 feet high and is decorated with over 2,000 ornaments.
By the way, the very first electrically lite Christmas tree was engineered by Thomas Edison himself right here on the grounds of "The Del"!
Another wonderful tradition is sharing our island with the great guys in the Navy! We love it when they shop with us for their mothers, girlfriends and wives. They are so homesick. We try to help them feel at home. The guys in the picture are from Washington state and are on their way to foreign shores (they weren't allowed to tell us exactly where they are going).We promised to send care packages!
They shared stories with us of the kindness of the people in Coronado. A woman in line in front of a group of twelve at Starbucks waved her card and said "this ones on me boys".
Another night when they asked for the bill at a local restaurant they were told the couple that just left paid their tab and said to tell them "Thank you for protecting us back here at home."
This is the fourth Christmas at our little jewelry store and I feel forever blessed by the friends I've made and the stories that have been shared around our "kitchen table".
Laughs, tears and fun, it doesn't get any better! Thank you all for making my life and holiday so rich!
The woman in red, Reita is one of our most loyal customer/friends, we've shared our gift giving with her for the past three years.
We wish you and your loved ones a warm wonderful holiday. And please take a moment to give a little prayer for "our boys" and their families.
Love to all,