The first Christmas I celebrated in Hawaii was in the 1960's when I was in grade school. I remember vividly how wonderful it was to be warm, feel the sun on my skin, be outside without a coat, and swim in the ocean. I do not remember any gifts that year. My Christmas gift was being in Hawaii.
When we came to Hawaii for Christmas vacation as adults, we enjoyed the decorations and all the fun events planned for the season by the hotels. We made an effort to decorate a tree and string lights in our hotel room. But our big Christmas gift was being in Hawaii where we spent the days in the sun and met people from all over the world enjoying the season.
We have always loved the Christmas season and the commercialization of the holiday has not lessened our joy of celebrating the birth of Christ. Living in Hawaii, Christmas is more about fun and celebration and less about stuff. We still enjoy the colorful decorations around town and Christmas tree displays at the hotels. And seeing the happy, expectant faces of Christmas visitors arriving to the island brings back wonderful memories of our vacations.