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

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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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