Many people flock to warm climates to escape harsh winters and dreary weather that other parts of the country are subject to. The Gulf Coast is no different, but many newcomers may find a warm Christmas a bit strange to get used to, because so many traditional Christmas activities revolve around snow. However, there are many creative ways to make it feel like Christmas in a warmer climate. Whether this is your first time celebrating Christmas in the Gulf Coast, or you’re just traveling here for the season, take a look at a few ideas to help you rev up the holiday cheer this season.
Go on a Light Tour
Going on a Christmas light tour is a perfect activity for the holiday season, especially in areas where the weather is nice enough to go out on a walking tour in the evening when the lights are shining their brightest.
Put Up Outdoor Christmas Lights
In addition to going on a light tour, you can make the most of the warm weather this season by adorning your own home’s exterior with an array of festive lights. Unlike the limiting conditions of colder climates, warm weather provides the opportunity to go all out with your outdoor decorations.
Organize a Holiday Party
Since surrounding yourself with family and friends always makes it feel more like the holidays, throwing a party this season is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Hosting a party is also a prime opportunity to prepare some of your traditional holiday recipes or experiment with new ones that you’ve been meaning to try.
Decorate Your Home
Even if it’s not a winter wonderland outside, you can make it feel festive indoors by decorating your home this season. Even if you don’t get your tree until later in the season, you can still deck the halls early with festive lights, holly, garlands, pine cones, and candles from your local craft or home goods store.
Baking your favorite holiday treats and dishes is an ideal way to create a festive environment in your home. If you don’t want to turn on the oven, try preparing some no-bake freezer treats to satisfy your sweet tooth this year. Add seasonal flavors such as a nutmeg and cinnamon for an extra dose of holiday cheer.
Watch Your Favorite Holiday Movies
Get cozy on the couch as you re-watch all your favorite holiday classics and new specials with your family. Don’t forget to make some hot cocoa or pour yourself a glass of eggnog to heighten the festivities.