Okay, okay, calm down, calm down. I’m not “starting in on Christmas” already. Well, not really. But y’all know that here in Florida, it does NOT feel like Fall quite yet. Even though yesterday WAS the first day of Fall, the temperature on my back deck read 91 degrees, with a “feels-like” temperature of 95. I kid you not. Does that give you festive warm Fall fuzzies? Yeah, me neither.
But there ARE things I do this time of the year to try and help it FEEL more like Fall in Florida. Fall foods. Fall scents. Fall decor. You’ll actually get to see lots of that here on the blog over the next few weeks.
And all this “trying to make it feel like Fall” got me thinking. When it’s 70 degrees in Florida in December and we’re “trying to get it to feel like Christmas”, what on earth will we do then?!
If you live in a warm-weather state like California, Arizona, Hawaii or Florida, you may gaze wistfully at your friends’ winter time photos on social media of their snow-covered lawns and their rosy-faced kids making snowmen.
While you are eager to get into the holiday spirit, you find yourself wishing that the weather would magically cool off in Tucson or Tampa and that you could experience a true White Christmas.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can create a festive and chilly Christmas season — at least one that looks that way.
Get a White Christmas Tree
There’s nothing quite like the sight of a white fir or spruce tree covered with gorgeous lights and festive baubles to make you want to reach for the cocoa. If your Christmas tree has seen better days, consider treating yourself to a gorgeous and frosty-looking white Christmas tree.
Check out Lights in a Chilly Car
Another great way to experience a white Christmas season is with the help of your old pal, air conditioning. One evening after dinner, ask your kiddos and spouse to don their fave sweatshirts, hats, scarves and gloves and head to the car. Put the A/C on a low temperature to make the car nice and chilly and head to a local coffee shop to treat everyone to a festive hot drink like cocoa or peppermint mocha, and then drive around town admiring all of the holiday lights and decorations. Your warm weather duds and your drinks will keep you warm and cozy against the frigid air in the car and the colorful lights will put you in a cheerful holiday mood.
Rent a Snow Machine
Even if the chances of seeing snow in Orange County or Honolulu are slim to none, your kids can still experience the joys of walloping each other with snowballs. Rent a snow machine for an afternoon of cold fun. Invite the neighborhood kids over, dump in some artificial snow fluid and watch the machine crank out a bunch of snow for everyone to enjoy. The fake snow is made from small bits of non-toxic foam and will disappear on its own.
Make Ice Lanterns
Another great way to create a cool Christmas is with DIY ice lanterns. As HGTV notes, this kid-friendly activity uses water, plastic buckets other large food storage containers, tea lights and a few other easy to obtain materials. Start by filling a small plastic cup with water and put it inside the larger container. Fill the large bucket or jug with water and if you like, add some festive greenery like holly berries and small pine branches you buy at the dollar store. Put the container into the freezer until the water has frozen solid. Next run some warm water over the outside of the large container to unmold the ice lantern. Lift the smaller cup out of the middle and then place a tea light or small flameless candle inside the middle hole, and place it outside to decorate your doorstep with a glimmering icy light — at least until it all melts.
If it was hot and humid at YOUR house during Fall and Winter, how would you make it “feel” more festive? Any ideas? I might need some more…
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