|An absolutely beautiful day on the Laguna Beach boardwalk. |
And clear enough to see Catalina Island in the distance.
Since the only white Christmas that Southern California sees is on the crests of waves, the holidays here look a lot different than in cold places like Chicago or New York. But after an afternoon trip to Laguna Beach yesterday, I realized there is still plenty of holiday spirit here -- even if it is 72 degrees out.
(And on the note of temperature, I have something to say to the guy who asked me if I was cold while wearing a cut-out tank dress on the boardwalk. No sir -- not in the least -- because I'm from Chicago and we're not pansies like you SoCal folk that put a sweater on when it dips below 80. But Merry Christmas to you anyway, and may Santa bring you all the cashmere you can handle.)
|As a town known for its art and galleries, festive easels line lampposts.|
|I stopped in and told Santa I'd been good this year.|
He said lying wouldn't help my cause.
|A surfboard menorah? Too cool. I want a surfboard Christmas tree!|
|Ferris wheel and palm trees lit up for Christmas at the Irvine Spectrum.|