After the 4th of July, there’s really not a good holiday to celebrate for a good long time, so we decided that it would be appropriate to celebrate Christmas this month. Several of the folks on station took it upon themselves to dig thru some of the storage units, and finally came up with a bunch of holiday decorations, and even a tree that they set up in the Galley. All week it was a little bit surreal with holiday music playing during meals, and Christmas lights flashing around. I suppose it’s pretty appropriate, as the temperatures have been dropping, and it’s gotten stormier outside. Its actually kind of cool to have the fireplace going in one corner, and the tree blinking in the other.

Saturday night was the date that we’d set for the party, and it went great. Everyone dressed up, and we set up all the tables in a banquet style with tablecloths and candles for atmosphere. The meal was fantastic, and you couldn’t ask for a better group of people to hang out with. After dinner we cleaned up, and then it was time for the gift exchange. I volunteered to act as Santa for the evening, so I got to get lots of pictures with just about everyone on station sitting on my lap…that’s great when the ladies are there, but not so much fun when a big burly construction guy plops down!

Anyway, after getting my lap flattened by everyone on station, I really needed a shot or two to recover. Did you know that it’s nearly impossible to do a shot while wearing a Santa beard? It’s not easy so I ended up having to drink the Bushmill’s straight out of the bottle thru a straw…effective, but not recommended for your quality of life the following day.

Most of the presents given were of the handmade or alcohol variety from the store. I ended up with a bottle of wine with a dragonfly made out of knots in rope…pretty spiffy. I used our plotter to print out a 6 foot by 3 foot panoramic poster of the Neumeyer channel which we passed thru on our way down here. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out, and it ended up going to our power plant guy…perfect for him since it’s his first time on the ice, and now he’ll have a huge souvenir to show his family.

About The Author

Henry has spent three winters living in Antarctica which funded his early explorations and adventures around the world. Now he holds down a full time job in Denver, CO and continues to make travel a priority in his life, both internationally, and on weekend warrior type trips.

2 Responses

  1. Henry

    It was one of those white elephant exchanges where someone picks a present, and then the next person can either get a new gift, or steal the from someone who’s already picket a gift. It was a blast!


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