I awoke early Christmas morning. Since getting to the farm I had been getting up at 5:30 so I’d have plenty of time to wake up, eat and read a little bit before work at 7. Even though we had the day off I still woke up just as early but lied there for a while until the sun came up. I headed down to the warehouse to fix myself some tea and grab my sleeping friend some water for when she woke up. I found the Christmas tree decorated with tiny stockings with our names on them and a bag of Keala’ola Farm Coffee underneath for each of us and a basket of new snorkeling gear for the warehouse. I decided to help Luke with seeding that beautiful sunny morning – we do it every Friday and the holiday wasn’t going to change that. Seeding is a very meditative practice; making and brushing the dirt, filling the trays, sweeping them clean and dropping each seed into each tiny little reservoir. Tyler and Ken came out to help part way through and we had some really cool conversations about passion, music and the like.
Afterward Jess made me some delicious scrambled eggs and we started getting things ready for our Christmas Potluck we were going to have later. Barry and his family were heading to their family’s house so we took over the table outside that we used the night before. Everyone was making their own dish; Julia and Amelia made homemade veggie tabouli, I made my mom’s vegetarian chili, Jess made the cornbread, Tyler made his homemade hummus and pita and Luke made a delicious squash & tofu pie. Sande, Ian and Sol joined us as well with some big salads.
We got everything set up just before the sun went down which made everything around us warm and orange glow. We filled up our plates and sat down and gave thanks for family and love. Julia said something that stuck with me… that a recent family health problem made her realize the gravity that someone else’s life has on you and you on theirs. To be aware of how you make others feel and to reach out and connect with the ones you love despite how busy and crazy life can be. We sat around the table and enjoyed our hard work – our labor of love and watched as the blue stars started to poke out from the midnight sky.
We cleaned up and headed in to get ready for our secret santa between the 6 of us. Jess made Julia an amazing Hawaiian inspired bookmark, Julia made Tyler some giant jars of freshly squeezed juices, Tyler made Luke a coconut planter, Luke gave Amelia this amazing 80’s hair book, Amelia gave me some homemade donkey balls (aka chocolate covered macadamia nuts)and I made Jess a homemade card, collage, a shell with ohana written on it and a handmade leather and shell bracelet. It was the perfect way to end such a laid back and simple Christmas Day.
photos taken by jess hildreth..