But while I binge out on the last of this season's all-Christmas-all-the-time-music, I wanted to reminisce about one of my favorite Christmas memories. I absolutely love tradition but this was us at our best, non-conformist selves.
Originally posted December 22, 2012
The Couple that Freezes Together...and Other Christmas Adventures
Judging by the movies I've seen, normal people spend the holidays gathered around the tree (or menorah, as the case may be), surrounded by their family. They unwrap presents and eat many cookies while basking in the warm glow of the fireplace. We, however, are clearly not normal.
We spent the holiday weekend basking in the freezing cold winds that swirl around Montauk point which, for those of you who are not familiar, is located at the end of the world.
Montauk and the rest of the Hamptons are known as summer playgrounds but actually have many year-round residents (most of whom are currently frozen). The main streets, however, have been turned into Christmas villages with stunning lights, wreaths hung on every lamp post and decorated trees on every block.
We strolled around and stopped into many of the stores (mostly to thaw out). We admired the waterfront at Sag Harbor (while ice crystals formed on our lungs) and settled in for a bite at The Golden Pear Cafe. Excellent freshly baked cornbread and vegetable lentil soup, slightly spicy and served at lava-like temperatures helped us warm up.
|Montauk Point Beach|
It is stunning. No photograph does it justice. But this year we have retired our little point and shoot in favor of a DSLR and a tri-pod. We set up our shot at dusk and then retreated to the warmth of the car. We emerged every 10 minutes or so, to get photos as it got darker until the world was black except for the lighthouse. Finally, with icicles clinging to our hair, we packed away the camera equipment and drove into East Hampton for a late dinner reservation at 1770 House.
|1770 House Inn and Restaurant|