Top Neighborhoods to Live in If You Love Christmas

Delray Beach, FL

It’s often difficult to get into the holiday spirit when the weather’s hovering around 60°F, and everyone you see is in flip-flops and shorts. Delray Beach, Florida helps local residents get into the holiday spirit by erecting a massive Christmas tree every year — and this is not just some mall-sized tree. The Delray Beach tree is 100 feet tall, and when it’s illuminated you can see it for miles.

While you’re visiting, take part in Christmas events that could only take place in Florida, like a cookie cruise with Santa along the Intracoastal Waterway, or a parade of boats all decked out in their holiday finest.

Sierra Madra, CA

Another great warm-weather holiday destination in the United States is Sierra Madre, California. The town is microscopic and looks like not much has changed since the early 1900s. The town still has many original wooden storefronts, and no stoplight. Every year three townspeople drive up to the San Gabriel Mountains and drive home with trunks full of snow. Then, they quickly make a snowman in the town square, which stays up for a few days — or hours, sometimes — before he melts away.

Corning, NY

Corning, New York is the home of Corning Incorporated, which began its life as the humble Corning Glass Works in 1851. Since then, the town has become associated with their delicate products, and every year a huge tree in the town square is decked out with tons of glass ornaments. There’s a holiday-themed exhibit at the Corning Museum of Glass, where you can learn how to blow your own custom ornament. There’s also an annual studio glass sale, held in early December, which is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for friends and family.



Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.

The World in Soda

Our taste buds can tell us a lot about ourselves. While giants like Pepsi and Coca-Cola still rule the worldwide soda market, smaller brands that represent local tastes have maintained their loyal followers for years in places like Switzerland and Barbados.