Manteo Christmas Tree lights the night sky.

Christmas can mean different things to different people, yet beyond the presents, twinkling lights and joy of reuniting with family there is hope. The winter solstice is past and although not immediately apparent the light in the eastern sky comes just a little bit earlier and the sun sets just bit later.

The night never seems too dark at this time of the year, the lights of Christmas decorations shining into the evening, creating pools of brightness against the sky.

On the Outer Banks many of our homeowners are down for the week but after they leave, life returns to the village feel of our history. There are still events scheduled—the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s Wedding Expo is probably the big event coming up January 16-17, but mostly this is a time to get some of those maintenance needs done, relax just a bit and maybe put some bait on the line and see what’s biting at the piers or in the surf.

It’s been a good year on the Outer Banks and especially for all of us here at Brindley Beach Vacations. Yes, our offices in Corolla burned down, but that was just a glitch in a great season and we’ll have a new building ready for our guests by the summer.

We’re so thankful for all the people we had the opportunity to get to know this year and look forward to meeting even more guests next year. From all of us in the Brindley Beach Vacations family to all of you, may you have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.