Leg 3 Day 21- 21st December

We wake up each day expecting to have sunshine and for it to be much warmer – and each day doesn't quite deliver.  In an effort to put a spring in our step, I decide it's time Christmas arrives on board H&H and so get out the few bits of tinsel and the Santa hat I had bought in Cape Town, along with the mini-tree, decs and tinsel Albert bought and a few of us set about decorating the saloon and Nav station area. I get 'Blue Peter' creative, dig out some coloured card and glitter glue and have a happy afternoon making a Merry Christmas banner and some snowflakes out of paper doilies!  I was very chuffed with my handy-work and I'm sure any 6-year-old would have felt the same!  Despite some of the “bah-humbugs” floating around the yacht, most people got into the swing of it and we instigated the rule that whoever was helming had to wear the Santa hat. We topped it off with the 'Best Christmas Ever, ever Album 192' on the stereo and tried our best to think Festive!
Arthur got a poem from his brother entitled  “Christmas Ode from Santa to the Crew of H&H” – which is all about Santa arriving on a boat to see no signs of Christmas and a poor bunch of hard-working sailors far form home and loved ones at Christmas. Not one of us remains dry-eyed after reading it and I immediately felt it needed a response so sat down to write one!  Inspiration comes quite quickly and at our AA meeting Piers reads out Santa's Poem and I read out the response – to much appreciation all round by the crew. Christmas is now tantalisingly close and for most, the next 36 hours and couple of hundred miles can't pass quickly enough.