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You Can Always Count On Christmas In Miami To Be Warm And Sunny

There is truly no better place to grow up Caribbean in the U.S. than Miami. You have 24/7 access to fresh croquetas, the street signs in Hialeah are in Spanish and that always the feeling of belonging.

The only white Christmas you’ll find in Florida is on the white sand beaches. The tropical climate does not dampen the Christmas spirit at all. In fact, it is just as magical to see the palm trees covered in Christmas lights.

Miamian’s love to decorate for the holidays like nobody else.

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Opinion: it’s because there’s no other way to tell what season it is outside. It looks the same year-round with the same humidity. Christmas lights are how you know it’s supposed to be winter.

Every shopping plaza is legally required to string lights around the palm trees.

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Okay, it’s not a law, but it might as well be. A naked palm tree is a neglected palm tree at Christmastime.

Kids are taught that these are Santa’s helpers:

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When we start seeing them out there with their electrical sleigh, we get very emotional. They’re helping prepare for Santa’s return.

Everyone makes a point to post photos at the beach.

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Why? Just because we can. It just fells extra good to know that most of the country is frozen and you’re living your best beach life.

You’ll probably get a Christmas card from a half-naked family by their pool at some point.

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There is nothing more Miami then sending poolside or beachside Christmas cards to all of your friends and family. Sure, they are living in freezing weather but you have a tropical oasis all year.

Or on the beach.

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Ayyy, go Heat. Miami does have all the heat anyone could need. We get to be outside, in the sun, soaking up Vitamin D and releasing endorphins all over the place. We’re happy sand people.

We still have our snow activities, though, okay?

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Por favor. Don’t pity us for not having the joy of snowmen building and snow angels. That’s so pedestrian, we can do it all year long.

We won’t get too picky about what trees we adorn.

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Palm trees are the tree of choice. Plus, those evergreens cost a lot more in the tropics than they do at their home base. We’re just being sustainable over here.

We don’t take down decorations until January 6th.

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So it feels like tropical Christmas a solid extra two weeks longer than the rest of America. This is an elephant at the Miami Zoo playing with a tree. Notice how the photo feels hot and humid.

No need to go to a bar to warm up from the cold.

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You can enjoy your frosty daiquiri at the beach. Maybe bring a sweater just in case it drops below 70.

It’s too warm for an ugly Christmas sweater party, but we’ll throw a good ugly tank party.

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That is a palm tree on her shirt instead of an evergreen. We’re happy with our tree of choice.

We’ll still go big on the fake trees.

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In all the places you’d imagine–The Grove, Bayside, Bal Harbour, Aventura, Miracle Mile–you get the picture. The trees can rarely get bigger than our year-long regal palm trees, but they try.

People go ham decorating the neighborhood.

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Probably because it’s not physically painful to be outside and decorate, so we can just go at it all day long.

The city views are everything.

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Downtown Miami’s skyline is lit up green, red, blue and white, and the holiday cheer is contagious.

There’s something to decadent about seeing a Christmas tree in front of a warm beach.

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With so much shoreline, millions of Miamians have an ocean view. Including that lucky Frenchie, who is surprisingly not wearing reindeer antlers. Que pena.

The photo ops are abundant in Miami.

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From Santa’s Cabana on Lincoln Road to visits with tan Santa and the Hard Rock Winterfest boat parade, you can expect your Instagram feed to have a Christmas glow up.

Then, there’s the one and only Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

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As a kid, it was this magical place full of lights, games and fair rides. As adults, it’s a magical place full of lights, elotes and funnel cake. Either way, you leave happy.

No child gets out of Enchanted without 200+ forced photos by their mami.

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Say something and prepare to be asked, “Y que? You’re naughty now? You know what that means.” I feel so hard for the kids of this generation since the finite film cameras are no more.

If you’re visiting Miami, pack your shorts y gafas del sol.

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And a bathing suit. Your holiday pics this year are going to be sans-parka and all tan.

In Miami, you can spend the day a la playa and the night inside an Enchanted Forest.

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Visit any one of the 24 shopping malls and plazas in the city for just as many opportunities to watch lighting ceremonies, Christmas lit boat parades, the NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and so much more. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


READ: These Christmas Pictures We Were Forced To Take As Kids Is What You Call Holiday Spirit

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Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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Classic Christmas Song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Gets PC Makeover For 21st Century

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We are in a new era in which women are demanding equal pay and saying enough is enough when it comes to sexual abuse. It’s a new stance that stems from the “Me Too” Movement and the “Women’s March” that shows women do not have to take it anymore. If you are woke you cannot be inappropriate. If you’re a fan of the cancel culture, then it’s time to shut out things from the past than don’t get a free pass any longer, including some of your most favorite things.

In light of the “Me Too” movement and canceling men who are too aggressive, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have released a new version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” that puts men and women on equal footing.

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The old classic Christmas song is part of Legend’s new Christmas special on Dec. 1 called “Christmas Under The Stars” that will air on BYUtv. Legend said it was time to change the original version because that song wasn’t acceptable anymore. Legend wrote the song with actress Natasha Rothwell from “Insecure.”

Before we discuss the new version, here’s the original version, which was written in 1944. 

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The song, written by Frank Loesser, became a hit after it was featured in the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter.” It was performed by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán. It also went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 22nd Academy Awards. The scene shows actress Williams attempting to leave and Montalbán’s character is trying to persuade her to stay. 

Here’s a portion of the problematic lyrics:

The neighbors might think, (baby, it’s bad out there)/ Say, what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)/ I wish I knew how, your eyes are like starlight now (To break this spell), I’ll take your hat, (your hair looks swell)/ I ought to say no, no, no, (mind if I move in closer?)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried, (what’s the sense in hurting my pride?)/ I really can’t stay, (baby don’t hold out)/ Ah, but it’s cold outside.

Interestingly enough, this song wasn’t supposed to be in the film at all. The movie would have featured another Loesser song called “(I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China.” However, the song was replaced because the studio felt it was inappropriate. They instead included “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” So, even back then they understood what would be seen as offensive. However, they had no issue with singing about a woman that is forced to stay with a man.

Here is the new politically correct/ anti-rape version of the song. 

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Here are some of the lyrics. 

“I really can’t stay (Baby, it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (But, I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (I’m so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)/ My mom will start to worry (I’ll call the car and tell him to hurry)/ My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what are you still livin’ at home for?)/ So, really, I’d better scurry (Your driver, his name is Murray)/ But maybe just a half a drink more (Oh, we’re both adults, so who’s keepin’ score?)/

AND

I ought to say, “No, no, no, sir” (Then you really ought to go, go, go)/ At least I’m gonna say that I tried (Well, Murray, he just pulled up outside)/

AND

I simply should go (Text me when you get home)/ Oh I’m supposed to say no (Mm, I guess that’s respectable)/ This welcome has been (I’ve been lucky that you dropped in)/ So nice and warm (But you better go before it storms).

You get the point. 

The obvious difference between the original and the new version is that the male isn’t insisting that she stays. If she wants to leave, he is helping her do just that, and not forcing her to stay. 

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Legend tweeted, “New version of #BabyItsColdOutside! A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok & destroying everything great in the history of music?’ (🙄). You decide.”

So what does the world think about this new version for the Me Too era?

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It’s actually a mixed bag. Some people like it, some don’t.

At least one person has an issue with the new song because of this lyric…

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So, we guess Legend is now shaming people who still live at home? Wow.

But if you’re seriously not into the new version, it’s okay, you can still listen to the old one.

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Then again, it looks like Legend and Clarkson got rid of the old song for good.

READ: John Legend’s New Music Video Centered Around Immigration and Deportation Will Leave A Lump In Your Throat

Lizzo Fans Did Some Digging And Found Out That Lizzo Once Did A Holiday Song And It Totally Slaps

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Lizzo Fans Did Some Digging And Found Out That Lizzo Once Did A Holiday Song And It Totally Slaps

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Mariah Carey has dubbed it official, the holiday tunes season is here and it’s time to blast al of the jingle bell rocks and adoring songs about Santa. On the heels of the chanteuse’s announcement, Black queen and power songstress Lizzo has announced that she is ready to have her music inducted into the Christmas canon. 

In a post to her Twitter page earlier this week, the “Truth Hurts” singer informed fans that she has a Christmas Song.

In celebration of the Christmas season, Lizzo shared with friends on Twitter that she intact has a Christmas song by writing “I HAVE A CHRISTMAS SONG.”

Sí mi gente, it turns out the maker of some of the best lyrics gone viral this year has an actual honest-to-god Christmas album. The sad news is that your sorry ears are kind of late to the game. It’s true, the singer released a delightful song for the cuffing-season anthem, a song called “Never Felt Like Christmas,” way back in 2015. The festive and romantic song contains sees Lizzo sing about “Sugar plums and candy canes, they did nothing for me / You could find me home alone and ordering Chinese / But now I save that old fruit cake ’cause there’s enough for two / It never felt like Christmas ’til I spent it with you.” 

PLEASE SANTA let Lizzo release a 2019 Part II of the song because we need the holiday beats!

The holiday bop might not be particularly new, but it is new to fans who have only recently come to adore the singer this year. 

In her 2015 song, Lizzo shares a song that speaks to the charming and exhausting aspects of the Christmas season including “carolers singing off-key” and “50-something street.”

Speaking about the song, Lizzo shared with fans on her Youtube Channel her reason for originally writing the holiday beat.

“I’ve always loved Christmas music. Working in retail deferred my love for it, but time heals all wounds. Ricky Reed and I really enjoyed ourselves in the studio trying to reimagine the modern-day Christmas love story. Not everybody’s in the Christmas spirit these days, but love can give even the biggest Scrooge a little holiday cheer.” the singer wrote. ” 

Fans of Lizzo are already rooting for her song to be a classic, just like a certain Christmas Queen who came before her. 

“Best Christmas pop song in a long time! Brilliant! I’m fa-la-la-la-ling in love with this song!” one user wrote in the comments section of her song’s post. 

Still waiting for this gem to be on spotify. Also waiting for Lizzo to come to Montreal 🤧,” Shadey.xo said in another comment. 

Another sweet post commented I like this song. But I don’t know the lyrics. Please tell me the lyrics for studying English. Thank you..” Which TBH listening to Lizzo to learn English is the sweetest thing.

There’s no doubt, Lizzo has a knack for turning words into a number one hit.

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Not long before Lizzo took a DNA test that revealed she was in fact, 100 percent that b*tch, sis left her heartbroken like the rest of us mortals. Turns out that shitty ex-boyfriends happen even to the best of us. 

In case you missed it, Lizzo got personal with Billboard and revealed that the song actually came from a bad breakup. The singer-rapper-flutist disclosed that “Truth Hurts” —an anthem against good-for-nothing men—came from heartbreak and tears; “That’s how hit records are made. They’re made from the heart. They’re made from tears. They’re made from fears. And they’re made from happy endings.”

Lizzo went into the studio after receiving an upsetting voicemail and didn’t even want to be there.

Not long before Lizzo took a DNA test that revealed she was in fact, 100 percent that b*tch, sis left her heartbroken like the rest of us mortals. Turns out that shitty ex-boyfriends happen even to the best of us. 

In case you missed it, Lizzo got personal with Billboard and revealed that the song actually came from a bad breakup. The singer-rapper-flutist disclosed that “Truth Hurts” —an anthem against good-for-nothing men—came from heartbreak and tears; “That’s how hit records are made. They’re made from the heart. They’re made from tears. They’re made from fears. And they’re made from happy endings.”

Lizzo went into the studio after receiving an upsetting voicemail and didn’t even want to be there.

The singer told Billboard that when she went into the studio to record, two years ago, she had just been dumped…over the phone, and didn’t even want to be there. “I was so upset and depressed and sad,” she remembers. The singer went on to retell how she had just received a voicemail from a guy telling her not to call him anymore because he was getting back together with his ex. Gives more meaning to the words “Don’t text me, tell it straight to my face,” right?

As Lizzo was telling producer Ricky Reed all about the Minnesota Vikings player in her DMs and having to wash her ex out of her hair, she noticed as she was talking, that Reed was writing. When she asked what he was doing, he replied, “I hope you know you just wrote a song.” Everything fell into place from there.