Have yourself a very merry Christmas

A belated Merry Christmas from all on the JR, on this fine and frosty Boxing Day morning.

IODP Expedition 353 Indian Monsoon

(Well, here it’s about 25C and I’m wearing flipflops, but I’m assured that back home it’s suitably crisp and white!).

I hope you’re all having a nice festive holiday with your loved ones, with plenty of eggnog, wine and mincepies, (while we toil away pulling 12 hour shifts in the middle of nowhere on a dry ship! CUE VIOLINS).

But seriously we’ve had a blast, and to be honest we’ve got everything we need (well, except the alcohol and our loved ones) to have a really fun Christmas on the high seas…

Little stockings hanging up in the galley replete with gifts:


A big Christmas feast, as if we weren’t already fat enough:

IODP Expedition 353 Indian Monsoon

[The guys roasting some birds over the open coals]


[A sumptuous feast, including loads of sushi and smoked salmon!]

Christmas_food carving

[Vegetables carved into shapes you didn’t know vegetables could take]

And we even had a visit from Santa:
christmas_visit from santa_captain
[Captain Terry clearly enjoying his one-on-one time with Santa]

Even though core was coming up all day, and when we were on shift we had to work, we managed to squeeze in an hour or so of festive activities all together. As well as present-giving from Santa, we also had the JR Christmas Choir (of which yours truly was a member – ha!) regaling the crew with “beautiful” renditions of Rudolph the red-nose reindeer, Merry Christmas, and….Silent Night in no less than 7 different languages –my Korean is really coming along, but my Hindi sucks.


Then various groups, (including some very talented folks on guitar, trumpet and drums!), performed for the crew. Here are some of the Filipino guys with a lovely song – no shortage of guitars here!

christmas_filipino band

So all in all, not too shabby a time was had by all. We miss our loved ones a lot at this time of year, but there’s a lot of camaraderie on board, and the IODP guys really try to make it a fun day for everyone.

But for now, it’s back to the core. No rest for the wicked…

Bonus Xmas cracker joke:

Q. What is Good King Wenceslas’ favourite type of pizza?

A. Deep-pan, crisp and even.



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