12 Days of Christmas: Christmas in Paradise

IMG_7631If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever want to live in Florida, I would have looked at you like you had three heads. Florida?? Land of alligators and dangling chads?? Are you crazy?!?!

But many of you know that one fateful trip to the Bahamas changed everything. Yes, I know Florida isn’t the Bahamas, but it’s pretty darn close, both in proximity and in “feel.” So, blah, blah, blah, we decided to move here and our original 18-month timeline became 6 months, and well, here we are.

The main thing I was concerned about was how I would feel about wearing flip-flops and going swimming at Christmastime. I love Christmas. This is no secret. And, as most people do, I have always associated this time of year with frigid temps, snow, fireplaces and bundling up, yet still freezing my a** off.

Well, let me tell you…I will NEVER look back. Ever.  (Cue Taylor Swift song, “Weeeeee are never, ever, eveeeeer…getting back together!) You don’t need to be freezing to feel the magic of Christmas. As a matter of fact, I would venture to say that I’m way more in the Christmas spirit than I’ve ever been! And those things I love still exist, even here.

For instance, Florida *does* get a little chilly, so I still get to put on a light sweater. And last night, in my light sweater, I ate Grimaldi’s New York pizza al fresco near a blazing heat lamp while watching the Christmas light show! It was MAGICAL!

And this morning, to and from dropping my daughter off at school, I rolled the windows down and blared Christmas music out the windows. Seriously, you haven’t known joy until you’ve had a warm breeze on your face while listening to Bing sing White Christmas.IMG_7678

Oh, and don’t forget snow! Almost every holiday celebration here involves fake snow. But it’s warm! And you don’t have to be bundled up in a gajillion layers of clothing or risk your children getting frostbite!

This last weekend alone was EPIC in terms of Christmas celebrations…breakfast with Santa, holiday boat parade, festival of trees, the children’s holiday festival with petting zoo, tree lightings, etc… We didn’t even make it to all of them though… we had to sleep and eat sometime!!

But no matter where you live, I hope you find the joy and love of the holiday season in your hearts! And to help you get in the mood, we’re kicking off our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway today! Every day, for the next 12 days, I’ll be featuring an author from the Regency Christmas Summons Series here on my blog. Stop by and learn about their favorite holiday traditions, read about their story in the collection, and leave a comment to WIN!

Win what? you may ask! I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card to the book seller of your choice. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win!* Winner will be announced December 21, 2012.

So now it’s your turn! Do you love the winter? Do you embrace the cold? Or would you be just as happy to spend Christmas in a tropical paradise? IMG_8069

*One comment per blog entry = a potential twelve entries.

A SUMMONS FROM THE DUKE…

Summons Duke

In Loving Mister Lockwell (Regency Christmas Summons, Vol. 2), Lady Isabel Whitton has no use for people other than her twin sister — she much prefers the company of her books. So when she discovers that all her cousins from near and far have been summoned to her home, Danby Castle, for Christmas, she isn’t pleased. To make matters even worse, the deplorable Mister Lockwell has come uninvited.

Damien Lockwell, 3rd son of the Earl of Totterdown, has invited himself to Yorkshire for Christmas. Spending the holiday with the Whittons seems far preferable to watching his father drink himself into a stupor. And Lady Isabel proves to be just the kind of entertainment he was looking for — she’s smart as a whip and quite the most unique creature he’s ever met — not to mention she despises him, which is the most thrilling part of all for a man like Damien.

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6 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas: Christmas in Paradise

  1. Melody May says:

    Are you kidding me? I hate the cold. I would prefer to spend my winters in a warmer climate. I had been hoping for Florida, but we are in Montana. So, I guess I need to like the cold. Ugh. I think it might take a while. I grew up in California and it was more in the southern part of the state. Then I moved to Louisiana. So, this will be my first winter with real cold weather.

  2. Linda Calderone says:

    I live in New England so I love the winter!! Nothing like sitting on the 4 season porch with the fire going and the snowflakes falling outside while reading my favorite Jerrica Knight-Catania book!!

  3. Oh, good luck, Melody!! This will be my first one without it in my whole life!! Although, I did grow up in Atlanta, where it didn’t get *that* cold, but still…we couldn’t have gone to the beach in December! I’m still crossing my fingers for a FL transfer for you!! 🙂

  4. Aw, thanks, Linda!! I do love *watching* the snowfall…it’s the fact that I have to go out into it that I don’t like. And with an insanely active almost-3-year-old, staying in isn’t an option. LOL! But maybe when my daughter is older we’ll do a cozy ski lodge vacation. Not that I ski, but I *do* drink hot chocolate 🙂

  5. Katherine says:

    Jerrica, thank you for sharing your experience in Florida. Since I’m moving to California, this was a great insight into how Christmas compares to the colder areas. I second the ski lodge vacation idea, and that’s what I’ll probably do if I want to ski or snowboard, in Lake Tahoe or Vail.

  6. Hi Katherine! I’m glad you like my depiction of a warm-weather Christmas 🙂 I hope you love it as much as I do!!

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