Christmas Day 2012 was a sweet one. We arrived on Maui on Christmas Eve just as the sun was setting, and by the time we drove our rental car out of the parking lot it was dark. We found our hotel in pitch blackness, and when we woke very early the next day, it was Christmas. We couldn't wait to show Penny the ocean.
Even though we live not far from the Oregon Coast, we haven't been there since she was born. To see her reactions, her apprehension toward the ocean and then her love for the sand, was wonderful. People stopped on their walks down the beach to smile at her, and she smiled back at each person. This would continue all week.
After some time on the beach we retreated to the grass, where Penny practiced her standing and we phoned family and planned a Christmas dinner. We went to a neighboring hotel for an incredible Hawaiian buffet, eaten outside. Penny ate fruit, blue sweet potatoes, and tried poi (at my prompting, of course).
In the evening, Penny wore her Christmas dress and we returned to the beach for a stroll. We looked forward to our week in the warm sunshine, and all fell asleep by 8:30 in the evening. To be back in Hawaii (where we vacationed and got married) now with a child, was surreal. It was a unique and Merry Christmas, to be sure.