13 Dec The Captain’s Holiday Traditions
The holidays are here and that means time to trim the tree and break out the Wassail. At Sea Captain’s House restaurant in Myrtle Beach, Christmas is one of our favorite holidays and we enjoy spreading holiday cheer. Here are a few special traditions we partake in each year to help us get in the holiday spirit.
One of the first things we do after Thanksgiving has come and gone is dust off the boxes of decorations and bring them out of storage. That following Monday after Thanksgiving we have a whole team helping us get the restaurant in shipshape for the holiday season. We place greenery around the mantles, put up Santa and snowmen statues, and hang wreaths on the front windows and main door.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree – we enjoy all three of our Christmas trees! We have one in the main waiting area that is ginormous! It’s nice and wide to hold all of our ornaments and so big, the top almost touches the ceiling! We decorate this tree with brightly colored lights, colorful shiny ornaments and a giant bow on top that cascades down the branches to the floor. The Christmas tree we have in the Blue Room has a nautical theme. You’ll find ship captains, wooden boats, starfish, jellyfish and other sea-inspired ornaments. There’s even a Christmas tree out back that we light at night. The twinkling lights and sight and sound of the ocean are picturesque!
Homemade Christmas Cookie Ornaments
Speaking of Christmas trees, some of the ornaments we hang on our tree are extra special! Each year we bake around 4 dozen homemade cookie that we decorate to hang on our tree. We cut them into various shapes – gingerbread men, snowflakes, Christmas trees and stars – and then decorate them with colored icing and write the name of each staff member on it. The ornament is tied with ribbon and hung on our colorful tree in the main room for all to see and enjoy!
Wassail and Complimentary Cookies
Sometimes the weather can be a tad frightful and we make sure to keep our fire delightful – but we also have a holiday tradition of serving complimentary Wassail! Wassail is a hot, mulled cider that dates back to Medieval Times when it was associated with wassailing – a drinking ritual intended to guarantee a productive apple cider harvest. We keep this seasonal drink simmering to help warm you up on cold winter days. We also have a plate of complimentary cookies for you to enjoy as a simple thank you for dining with us!
Homemade Holiday Desserts
Our award-winning pastry chef is hard at work baking delicious pies and decadent cakes this time of year. We know the holiday season can be hectic so we want to make it even easier to treat that special someone to something sweet or bring a delicious dessert to a dinner party. Some of the cakes you can order include Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter and Death-by-Chocolate Cake. We have Grasshopper Pie with Oreo Crust, Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Pecan Streusel and Turtle Cheesecake. We’re even making our Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache topped with Cranberry Coulis, Homemade Whipped Cream, Ginger Snap Crumbles and finished with Walnut Brittle that won First Place for Best Dessert at the 2018 Taste of the Town. Orders must be in by December 22nd to have them in time for Christmas. Check out Facebook page for the list of holiday desserts available to order!
This year we’re collecting new and gently used jackets, coats, clothes and toys for the local Salvation Army. Christmas is a season of giving and we want to give back and spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate. We invite you to help us collect these items throughout the month of December. The last day we will be collecting is December 23rd.
With our lights sparkling on the trees, fires burning bright in the fireplaces, Wassail simmering – Sea Captain’s is the perfect spot to cozy up this holiday season! Come check out our holiday decorations and of course – enjoy an oceanfront dinner full of fresh, local seafood!