Chestnuts may be roasting on an open fire, but Jack Frost is definitely not nipping at our noses – well at least not for those of us who live in Florida. While we may be #blessed to live in this beautiful paradise of ours, you have to admit that sometimes it is difficult to get into the holiday spirit with 80-degree weather. That’s why it is essential for us to reflect on holiday traditions and history, so we can “fa la la la” in joyful noise.

Holiday Work Parties

We all know the best ones consist of ugly Christmas sweaters. Step it up a notch and make yours unique by adding a White Elephant gift exchange and you’re golden.

Tip: If you score a Jane Fonda workout VHS, consider yourself lucky.

Spiked Christmas Caroling

Another great way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear … and by all, we mean your whole neighborhood. Get your squad together and go Christmas caroling around the block. Don’t forget to bring lyrics sheets and a speaker to drown out your singing.

Tip: Spiked eggnog would be a plus beforehand.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is a must in December. Lucky for us, we have a couple of places to do so nearby. WinterFEST at Adventure Landing and the Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheater have us covered on this one, and they are even equipped with some snow.

Tip: Dress up as your favorite Christmas character (Elf/Rudolf/Olaf) to have a bigger hoot and visit Jax Ice and Sportsplex, home to the only year-round ice skating rink.

Light It Up

Jacksonville and St. Augustine are home to some of the most beautiful Christmas light displays. One of the best ways to check them out in all of their glory is by bicycle. Think of Blackhawk Bluff neighborhood off Girvin Road or St. Augustine’s Night of Lights without the stress of traffic.

Tip: For extra pizzazz and safety precautions, decorate your bike like a house with battery-packed Christmas lights and bicycle wheel spoke lights.

Christmas Eve

As far as Christmas Eve goes, it holds the best memories no matter what traditions you decide to celebrate. To prepare for the chaos of cooking Christmas day dinner, relax and order some Chinese food in or go out to your favorite restaurant – just make sure to tip them nicely for their service.

Tip: After dinner, make sure your whole family brings out their onesies for the most epic awkward family photo to date. Maybe grandma will let you get away with opening a present early like last year … and the year before that.

There you have it, some old and new holiday traditions to indulge in this winter (or as close to winter we’ll get to). Grab your metallic wrapping paper and cookie sheets because Christmas is finally here (sorta?)!