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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

15 Amazing Places in the U.S. You Should Go For A Warm Christmas

15 Amazing Places in the U.S. You Should Go For A Warm Christmas

Before you know it, the sound of sleigh bells will be heard on your rooftop. If you love the holidays but hate the cold, why not trade in your heavy coat and wool mittens this year and celebrate a warm Christmas.

1. Savannah, Georgia

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    Savannah transforms into a southern wonderland of decked out trolleys, gingerbread towns, and boat parades. Festivities begin November 28 and run through Christmastime. Stay in one of the bed-and-breakfasts in the Savannah Historic District to be close to the action. Savannah averages 63 degrees in December.

    2. Beaufort, South Carolina

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      Beaufort is a small town with a huge heart and is located in heart of the Lowcountry. It is close to Savannah and Charleston, and a short drive to the beaches of Hilton Head Island. It’s location is great for visiting the larger cities and enjoying the sights and sounds of a small town southern Christmas. December temperatures average in the low 60s.

      3. Orlando, Florida

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        Enjoy everything in Orlando without the huge crowds of summer. Theme parks have special attractions this time of year, such as “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas”, but be aware that some of the speacial attractions require a separate ticket. Orlando temperatures average around 72 degrees in December.

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        4. San Francisco, California

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          The City by the Bay comes alive in December as it transforms into a wonderland of lights. Stay near Union Square so you are close to all the festivities and can easily get around via the historic cable cars. San Francisco’s December temperatures average in the high 50s.

          5. San Antonio, Texas

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            The Riverwalk at Christmastime should be on everyone’s bucket list. The city offers special attractions that only happen during the holidays. Because this is a popular time of the year to travel to San Antonio, be sure and book early. The average temperature in December is around 64 degrees.

            6. New Orleans, Louisiana

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              Celebrate Christmas season in the Big Easy. The Oaks, visited by over 122,000 people last year, has one of the most beautiful Christmas exhibitions in the country. Many hotels in the area offer Papa Noel specials making this a very affordable holiday destination. December temperatures average in the 60s.

              7. Santa Monica, California

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                Ice skate, enjoy the “Candle Light Walk” to the Shopping Cart Tree at Edgemar Courtyard, and find some great deals at sidewalk sales. All while enjoying local bands and holiday parties up and down Montana Avenue. The average December temperature in Santa Monica is around 64 degrees.

                8. Honolulu, Hawaii

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                  Mele Kalikimaka! Santa presents himself on a surfboard instead of a sleigh on the big island of Oahu. Honolulu City Lights kicks off the holiday celebrations and is one of the premiere lighting of the tree festivals in the country. Make reservations early as this is also big wave season in Waikiki.

                  9. Delray Beach, Florida

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                    Delray Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Florida. This small beach town transforms itself for the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, ice skating, a holiday parade and carousel rides. December temperatures average in the mid 70s.

                    10. San Diego, California

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                      Christmastime is migration season for the California gray whales. Whale watching is just one of the 25 activities San Diego offers for free during the Holidays. This is a budget friendly town with accommodations from resort hotels to hostels. The average December temperature is around 65 degrees.

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                      11. Las Vegas, Nevada

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                        The City of Lights does not shut down for the holidays. Everything is open and I do mean everything. If you are coming to Vegas for the holidays, try and avoid the week of Christmas and New Years. It is one of the most crowded weeks of the entire year. December has an average temperature around 57 degrees.

                        12. Charleston, South Carolina

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                          Charleston is full of postcard perfect events during the holidays. Choosing which celebration to attend will be your biggest problem. A favorite is the progressive dinner with transport by a horse-drawn carriage. The coastal city of Charleston has average December temperatures in the low 60s.

                          13. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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                            Parrandas begins as a gift of music then grows into a street partiy that can overtake streets in Old San Juan. A parranda is just one of the unique Christmas traditions of Puerto Rico. Festivals begin after Thanksgiving and continues through New Years Eve. Puerto Rico is named a top spot for Christmastime travel by many travel experts.

                            14. St. Petersburg, Florida

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                              The popular Snow Fest will return to St. Pete again this year with real snow, toboggans, and of course, Santa. Glice skate in the park or climb the rock wall. St. Pete doesn’t let its average temperatures of 72 degrees stop it from a real winter celebration!

                              15. Tucson, Arizona

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                                Fiestas are in the Christmas spotlight of this old west town during the Christmas holidays. Take in the Southwestern version of “The Nutcracker”, where dancing chile peppers, coyotes, and the Calvary replace sugarplum ferries and other traditional characters in the ballet. The average December temperature is around 65 degrees.

                                These 15 warm Christmas destinations are just a sampling of what the U.S. has to offer. From small town celebrations to larger city festivals there are too many to cover.

                                What is your favorite Christmas time celebration? You should share in the comment section below. I would love to check some of them out!

                                Featured photo credit: Flickr by JRP via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                1. Breathe

                                The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                2. Loosen up

                                After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                3. Chew slowly

                                Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                4. Let go

                                Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                It’s not. Promise.

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                                Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                5. Enjoy the journey

                                Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                6. Look at the big picture

                                The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                Will this matter to me…

                                • Next week?
                                • Next month?
                                • Next year?
                                • In 10 years?

                                Hint: No, it won’t.

                                I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                8. Practice patience every day

                                Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                Final thoughts

                                Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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