Merry Christmas to all, or whatever else your preferred holiday greeting is.

Different people have different holiday traditions, but for me (even though the carols and decorations have been up in the stores and cafes for weeks) it just doesn't start feeling like Christmastime until I go see the Newport Beach Parade of Lights. So here is this year's batch of photos from the boat parade. As in previous years, many of them are intentionally motion-blurred, because I like what that does to the colored lights on the water.

Motion blur of the Newport Beach Parade of Lights

Also, here's a cellphone shot of my daughter, home from Boston for the holidays. She's been active on instagram, and took this shot of her brother at the same meal.

Sara at the Dennys in Lost Hills, California