At about 8:10 this morning, I received a text message from my husband telling me that they (The US Coast Guard at Station Woods Hole) were delivering Santa from the water to the pier at 9:15 for Sector Southeast New England’s family party, and did I want to go photograph it. Heck, yes. He volunteers his time through the CG Auxiliary, and can often be found at the Station. We knew nothing about the planned arrival of Santa, so the rush was on.
Upon arrival at the pier, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer of boats dressed in harnesses and reindeer gear were there with Rudolph right in the front.
This setup brought smiles to all who spotted them.
Pretty soon, Santa was on his way in on the “41″. Please notice that the 41 also has a Rudolph nose!
It was a beautiful morning, warm in the sun, and perfect conditions for Santa’s arrival.
Santa came in waving to the crowd of Coast Guard families anxious awaiting him on the pier. (That’s Dug – the dog – keeping Santa company along with hubby).
Santa immediately went through to greet all the children; soon they were lined up to get on the last boat, the “sleigh” to tell Santa their Christmas wishes.
While this was going on, I found myself suddenly being asked to get onto the 41 to “get some photos from the water”. Ok, well, since I was with the Coast Guard, I figured I’d be fine…….
Dug and I sat in the bow for a bit as I captured the scene on shore.
I think this is the most beautiful “sleigh” I have ever seen.
Many thanks to the wonderful “elves” who brought Santa in for the children. It had to be one of the neatest things they have done this year. You guys (and gal) are great.
Santa’s perch is at the Christmas tree up in the sleigh.
Even the buoys were decorated for their party. Merry Christmas, USCG Sector Southeast New England and Coast Guard families everywhere!