Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Today is the first full day of Hanukkah (sometimes spelled Chanukah), an 8 day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish friends!

Today is also the last day of our 2011 Ocracoke Journal posts. Because of the upcoming holidays we have decided to take a short break so we can spend more time with our family and friends. This will be our last blog for 2011. We hope you enjoy our account of daily life on the island.

In the meanwhile, we wish all of our readers a very Happy Christmas...and all the best in the New Year!

A few other upcoming observances we want to remind our readers of:

-- The Winter Solstice (Dec. 22) This is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Because of the earth's tilt, the north pole will be 23.5 degrees away from the sun. The sun's rays will be directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, south of the equator. This was often a day of celebration in age-old northern cultures because after this date the days begin to lengthen as the sun appears increasingly more directly overhead.
-- National Haiku Poetry Day (Dec. 22)
-- National Candy Cane Day (Dec. 26)
-- National Whiner's Day (Dec. 26...for all the folks who didn't get the gifts they wanted?)
-- National Chocolate Day (Dec. 28 & 29...I guess chocolate requires two days to celebrate)
-- Bacon Day (Dec. 30)
-- No Interruptions Day (Dec. 31)
-- World Peace Meditation Day (Dec. 31)

We will not be publishing a new Ocracoke Newsletter this month. Click here to view our latest Newsletter, the story of Ocracoke Island and the Lost Colony;

Please check in again on January 2, 2012.

We'll see you in 2012!

Happy Holidays to all!


  1. bill kostar7:31 AM

    Actually, National Chocolate Day requires two days, because you need one day to celebrate and the next to come down off your chocolate high!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

  2. What am I going to do each morning for the rest of 2011??? Your blogs are the highlight of my day along with pictures from George Brown.
    Have a wonderful holiday and will look forward to your blog in 2012.

  3. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Wish you & yours all the same. Just thought you'd like to know--I've already started celebrating National Whiner's Day : (
    See you Jan.2.

  4. Have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

  5. Anonymous2:30 PM

    Philip & ALL!,
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, enjoy the season. THANKS for everything!!!
    Mtns of NC

  6. debbie s.3:30 PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Phillip, and Jude and Bill, and all of your family and friends! I hear some carolers are going to be out and about tonight! Enjoy the season and your mini sabbatical and can't wait to hear of your activities over the break, and to be out there to say hi in person in June! :)

  7. Anonymous8:17 PM

    Merry Christmas
    David in Fay.

  8. Debbie Leonard9:05 PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for the pleasure that your posts have given me as in between my too seldom visits to your lovely island.

  9. Reggie8:24 AM

    We'll miss you each morning, but enjoy your well-earned hiatus. Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good morning.

  10. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Merry Christmas to Philip, Jude, Bill and to all the faithful VC bloggers.

    May God bless!

    Your NC Mainlander looks forward to blogging in 2012.

  11. Anonymous4:38 PM


  12. Anonymous10:10 PM

    Phillip, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family! And here's a question for you to answer when you get back to blogging!!

    Regarding Ocracoke's 4th of July Sand Sculpture ... how long have they been doing this? Would you know if they had sand sculpture competition in 2003?

    Thanks in advance!

  13. Anonymous10:44 PM

    Another question ... how close the the lifeguarded beach is the sand sculputre held?


  14. Debbie Leonard8:59 AM

    I can answer your last question; the sand sculpture contest is at the lifeguard beach.

    We have been to it before.

  15. Jackie, I'm not sure of the exact year the sand sculpture contest began, but it was sometime between 1977 & 1981. So it has been going on for at least 30 years. Maybe one of our readers remembers the first year.

  16. Anonymous4:37 PM

    That's all I needed to know! Thank you!