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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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                                18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                1. Understand Yourself Better

                                Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                4. Boost Creativity

                                The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                6. Process Life Experiences

                                When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                7. Stress Relief

                                In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                8. Provide Direction

                                Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                9. Solve Problems

                                Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                11. Find Meaning in Life

                                Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                14. Let the Past Go

                                I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                15. Allow Freedom

                                Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                16. Enhance Your Career

                                Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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