During "The Spirit of Christmas" weekend in Oriental, people like to decorate their boats. These photos are from the boats lined up in slips at the Oriental Marina and Inn, a neat, party-like establishment right at the town's dock. Here's Santa. Did you know he actually takes a boat on his Christmas Eve excursion, and not a sleigh?
Several of the boats were lit like this. It looks so happy and cozy.
You can put a Christmas tree or two on deck.
Lights were strung on every line and sheet, and often up the masts.
One boat had this lonely, sad little snowman, standing in the cabin just inside the door. He seemed to be saying, "Please let me out to play too!"
This was Friday night. Our church provided hot cider and homemade cookies to folks who came down to the town harbor to see the town star "lit up" for Christmas. In Oriental, people like to stroll around, watch the water, ride bikes. We have lots of visitors who com in on boats. (You can spot them right away. They look a little lost, disheveled, and list slightly to the right or left.) It was a very merry time!