11 Reasons Christmas in Florida is the Best

If you're from Florida, you know we don't always have what people call a "traditional" Christmas- but that doesn't mean we don't celebrate in our own amazing way!  If you're not from Florida- well maybe you should consider moving because I don't know about you, but I am loving walking outside in shorts in the middle of December.

  1. We don't always have the most traditional Christmas trees.
  2. But we do have traditional attire.
  3. It's not abnormal to head out to the beach after presents are opened.
  4. Which makes our definition of a "white Christmas" a little bit different than everywhere else.
  5. And instead of snow angels, we make sand angels.
    Making sand angels on the beach.
  6. Our Christmas Eve football game takes place in 80 degree weather.
  7. But then we have to explain to the kids how Santa gets in when there's no chimney in the house.
  8. And we also have some of the most beautiful lights in the world in Saint Augustine.
  9. Which are stunning to view from the water (where it's not cold!)
  10. And somehow we make palm trees and Christmas go together.
  11. If you (or your family) haven't sent out a passive beach Christmas card- you probably aren't real Floridians.

Merry Christmas from your Floridian Blogger!!

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Why Palatka is NOT the Armpit of Florida

“You live in Palatka?  That’s the armpit of Florida!”

Seriously.  Someone told me and my mom this once, and we weren’t really sure how to respond.

If you aren’t familiar with the town, it’s the halfway point between Saint Augustine and Gainesville, where many have stopped for gas, a drink, and to relieve themselves on their way to or from the beach.  Nobody wants to stay for too long- once a man told me “I’ve never seen a pretty girl from Palatka with all her front teeth!”.  (People I CANNOT make this stuff up.)

For a long time I thought they were right.  Palatka doesn’t exactly have a lot going on by any stretch of the imagination. But upon my recent return home for a few weeks, I got to thinking, maybe it isn’t all that bad here.

Here are my reasons why Palatka can not possibly be the armpit of Florida.

 

It was once the “Gem of the Saint John’s”

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Courthouse in downtown Palatka, FL

During the 1880’s Palatka was a huge trading point along the Saint John’s River, so much so as to be coined “The Gem of the Saint John’s”.  Now, if you’re from Florida I know what you’re thinking…the Saint John’s is nasty.  But it wasn’t always like that.  During the 19th century famous hotels in Palatka could host around 6000 people, a pretty good amount for this size of town.  Unfortunately, in 1884/1885 a fire burned down most of the hotels, as well as ruining the city’s citrus industry, causing less and less people to visit.

Point being, a place that was once considered a gem surely can’t be an armpit?  And anyways, gems are usually found in the deepest trenches. Continue reading “Why Palatka is NOT the Armpit of Florida”

5 Places to Cool Off in North Florida

Live in North Florida and want to find a fresh way to enjoy the state’s natural beauty, and soak in 100% humidity-the good way?  Head on over to these parks/springs/beaches and find what floats your boat-or tube-at one of these fun places great for a day trip!

Blue Springs Park

IMG_7842Location: 750 NE 60th St. High Springs, FL
Hours of Operation: 9am-6pm
Cost: Around 6-15 dollars depending on season, rentals, and car.

Why go?
A little more low-key than some of the state parks, Blue Springs is just down the street from Ginnie, a nice alternative if you don’t want to go down a river and deal with trams back, there is a diving deck into a deep spring, and a nice area to just float around in and beat the heat.

A large boardwalk going down to the river where if you dare to swim across without a canoe is a rope swing.  Also want to get some canoeing or kayaking done? This is a great place to launch if not all of your party wants to go. Continue reading “5 Places to Cool Off in North Florida”