Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

Christmas in July

Some people love Christmas so much that they replicate the holiday in the summer. The Christmas in July tradition started at a summer camp for girls in North Carolina in 1933. Camp organizers wanted to give campers something unique to focus on for their week away, so they organized caroling, decorated Christmas trees, and made fake snow out of cotton. Since then, the tradition has been adopted by ardent Christmas-lovers, who use it as an opportunity to get more use out of their themed clothing and decorations.

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters

It’s not hard to see where the tradition of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters began – so many people have been the recipients of unfortunate-looking homemade clothing items from relatives, and this is a chance for these long-neglected gifts to shine. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are common, and people who don’t have crafty relatives now have to go to the store and buy their own. Many clothing brands are releasing their own ugly Christmas sweaters, but the best thing to do is hit up a thrift store – there are plenty of cheap and authentically hideous options there.

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Adventuring Santas

Gone are the days when Santa Claus would sit placidly in his big armchair in Santa’s Village and wait for children to come and sit on his lap. Across the United States, many Santa Clauses take part in all sorts of adventurous outdoor activities, much to the delight of local children.

In North Carolina, Santa climbs down Chimney Rock to practice for his busy night of shimmying down chimneys on Christmas Eve. In Camden, New Jersey, Santa scuba dives with the sharks in full red-and-white gear at the Camden Adventure Aquarium. In Crested Butte, Colorado, thousands of Santas dress in their finest costumes and ski for only $23 during the Santa Ski event.

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Winter Wonderland: 14 Most Beautiful Winter Destinations in the World

While winter can be associated with cold, slush, dreary weather, and gloom, it can also be the perfect time to travel the world and take in some incredible wintery scenery! There a plenty of incredible cities across the globe that simply come alive during the coldest time of the year. So, bundle up, grab a thermos of hot chocolate, and make sure you have some warm mittens on, and a cozy hat. Here are 14 of the most beautiful winter destinations to travel worldwide.

The Best Warm-Weather Destinations for a Winter Vacation in the United States

There are plenty of warm-weather destinations in the county – some that are popular with tourists and are routinely full, and others that are wildly underrated and don’t attract the same kind of attention. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, an outdoor adventure, or a city that’s known for its nightlife, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of our favorite warm-weather destinations for a winter vacation within the United States.

Escape the Cold: The Best Places to Warm You Up

If you’re lucky enough to have vacation days scheduled around the holiday season, now is a great time to start planning. If you wait much longer, airline prices will start to rise, and all the best hotels will be booked up. If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, chances are you’ve already had a couple days of cold weather and are just starting to realize that summer is truly over.