Watching the Christmas ships that sail from the Des Moines marina has been elevated to official holiday status in my house. (At least by me. The kids like to whine although I put a stop to that. Of course our cat wasn't going to hang out all night at the bonfire!) It is a chance to see the neighbors who tend to hibernate during the winter months, have a bonfire and kick off the holiday season. I think my husband loves it because he is a pyro at heart and he gets to play with fire and light off some fireworks. We all have our own reasons to love it I guess!