With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season almost upon us here at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach there is one thing that my Wife, Daughter and I will never miss the lighting of Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick in York County, Maine.
For us it’s not watching the Thanksgivng Day Parades or cutting into the Thanksgiving Turkey, or fighting our way early Black Friday morning through the crowds for the door buster bargains that signifies the start of the Christmas Holiday Season. For us, it doesn’t feel like the Christmas Holidays until we have watched them flip the switch at Nubble Lighthouse on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Hearing the huddled crowd cheering and seeing the children grinning from ear to ear as Santa arrives on a Fire Engine and counts down to flip the switch that set the lighthouse ablaze with twinkly white Christmas lights, is a feeling and sight that bring tears to us and the crowds every year.
There’s nothing like standing bundled like sardines in a can shivering with my Wife and Daughter as we snuggle together fighting the blustery, bone chilling winds blowing off the Atlantic, while sipping steaming cups of hot cocoa and nibbling on cookies, and hearing the faint sounds of Christmas Carols and songs coming from the cars of those not brave enough to stand outside and wait for the lighting like the rest of us die-hard Nubble Lighthouse Lighting Fans. It’s a tradition that I hope my Daughter will continue when she has a family.
After the lightnig when the crowd starts their trek back to their cars and shuttle bus I try to get close up to the edge of the rocks to snap that once in a lifetime picture of the lighthouse lighted and the decorated houses lighted along the Cape Neddick Coast.