Typical Outer Banks winter scene. Ducks at Kitty Hawk Bay.
Greetings from the Outer Banks where the day after Christmas is pretty much like the day after Christmas anywhere . . . except we get to enjoy it in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Of course some after Christmas things are constant no matter where you live–the stores have marked things down to low, low, low prices, shoppers are out everywhere looking for deals, the streets are filled with kids riding brand new bicycles, although it is a little cold and nasty today, so there’s not as many kids out there as you would expect.
And there’s the stories of kindness and generosity that seem to percolate through the community. My daughter’s best friend has asked for money instead of gifts–funds that she will then donate to Samaritan’s Purse. Reports of secret Santas seem to be everywhere, with anonymous donors paying off a family’s layaways in local stores.
But things are getting back to normal–as they always do. Fishermen are back on the beach, reports say the sound fishing has been good, waves are a little small for good surfing today, but we should see things pick up for the weekend.

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. Still time to make some plans with an Outer Banks hotel, motel, night club or restaurant–they’ve always got a full slate of New Year’s entertainment on tap.