If a moving company has recently brought you to the New Orleans area, you may be feeling the need to bring winter to your New Orleans holidays. Our balmy (a.k.a. muggy) weather probably doesn’t inspire you to sing about a winter wonderland. It’s true that there may be a few cold days ahead, but it is more likely that you will find yourself decorating your home with the air conditioner running or shopping for gifts while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. It’s certainly not unheard of in South Louisiana. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the cold, or if you are thinking that it just doesn’t seem like the holidays when it’s 80 degrees outside, take a look at these tips! They may help you fake a little winter…or at least accept New Orleans’ version of it.
Five ways to bring winter to your New Orleans Holidays
Ugly T-shirt Party
Instead of the very trendy Ugly Sweater Party, consider hosting its warm weather counterpart, the Ugly T-shirt Party. There are many online companies where you can find plenty of options, or if you don’t have time to order online, check out Target or Wal-Mart, or get adventurous and see what some of the shops on Magazine Street in New Orleans have to offer.
Build a “snowman” out of sand
Sandy beaches are just a short drive away, and creating your own version of a warm weather snowman can be fun and a great photo opportunity. Bring a hat, scarf, and all the standard snowman parts, and give it a shot.
Take a walking tour to see the lights
Whether in your own neighborhood or at Celebration of the Oaks in City Park, warm weather makes walking tours more comfortable. And while the temperatures may not feel very wintry, festive lights will surely get you in the holiday spirit.
It’s easy to pretend like it’s cold if you’re indoors. Just crank up the air conditioning, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and find a spot under a warm, cozy blanket. If you make it cold enough inside, you might even need to start a fire!
When you start to feel like you’re missing out on winter fun, think about your friends in Buffalo or Detroit or Chicago. While they are digging out of their driveways, scraping windshields, and bundling up their children for school, you are enjoying the outdoors in your shorts and you are even able to appreciate green trees some lovely winter flowers. Make the most of it. And Happy Holidays!