You Know You’re in SoCal for Christmas If . . .

If you’ve lived in California long enough, you’ll be nodding & laughing as you read down the list of only in Southern California Christmas Traditions:


If you go see the lights in Naples – it’s worth the drive to Belmont Shore to see the gorgeous lights that deck the houses lining the harbor & canals.

I love the one with the leg lamp.

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– If on Christmas morning, when you go outside to get the newspaper or greet your family, you are in a t-shirt, shorts & sandals.

If your family heads to the beach to make “sand angels” or “sand men”.

If you make an evening of the Newport Boat Parade –  boats parade by loaded in lights with ridiculous & funny themes.

If weather people are telling you it’s “freezing” when it’s actually 60-50 degrees outside. This video from Jimmy Kimmel (SERIOUSLY WATCH THIS) is hilarious & puts us in our place. We’ve got it easy (Disclaimer: as I type this I’m wrapped in a blanket with a heater on my feet and, yeah, it’s 59 outside – freezing).

If you’ve wrapped more palm trees in Christmas lights than actual Christmas trees.

If you try to wear the new sweater or pair of boots you got for Christmas and end up sweating just because you are stubbornly determined to wear your Christmas clothes on Christmas.

Disney Snow If your version of a “White Christmas” is the “snow” at Disneyland. It’s our only shot at that dream and we’ll take what we can get. And ya know what else, it’s pretty darn great.

If you go into Target and there are bathing suits next to the winter coats (it’s ridiculous, don’t they know it’s freezing?).

If you’ve seen a Santa surfing.

If you go to the store to BUY pine-cones.

If you need sunglasses on Christmas day.

If you hold out hope every year, despite all odds, that it just might, maybe, ya never know, snow (it won’t, but who knows).

If you are literally having to dream of a White Christmas.

If you’re reading a hilarious mortuary blog  ; )  you wierdie you.

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 Did we miss any?

Which of these have you experienced?


By | 2013-12-18T22:49:34-08:00 December 18th, 2013|Community, Perspective|31 Comments


  1. Lori December 19, 2013 at 4:31 am - Reply

    This is so funny, and so true! As I sat down to relax yesterday afternoon, I felt cold and decided I wanted to turn on the fireplace. About twenty minutes later, I got up and looked at the thermostat and it was 77 degrees in the house! It LOOKED cold to me outside.

    I enjoyed your comment about holding out hope it might snow. A couple of weekends ago as I sat at work with the rain pouring down, I thought it was cold enough that we could get snow. As it fell from the eaves, it had the appearance of snow for a little while.

    Thanks for posting this fun blog! As I head off to Nevada on Monday, I just might get to experience a white Christmas. It has happened there before.

    XOXO Lori

    • Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

      I hope you do get some snow, I will be so jealous!
      It’s good to know I’m not alone with my problem of also looking outside, seeing some clouds and thinking I “feel cold”. We are delusional & I’m ok with that.

      Thanks so much for sharing, so glad you enjoyed the blog!

  2. Rosemary December 19, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Absolutely true and hilarious, Molly! And the worst part is that I have become one of the SoCal people that thinks it really is sooooo cold!
    But I do try to remember what truly cold weather is – in Chicago. As I have so often said, it was -15 degrees the day I moved here – for the third day in a row. And when I got off the plane, it was 70 degrees here. We have no idea what cold is in SoCal! We just think we do.
    On the off chance it does actually snow here though, I am ready. I still have my snow shovel in the garage — just in case!!!

    • Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Rosemary! Too funny, it’s amazing how quickly we acclimate to our new climates, especially the warmer ones. I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog & could relate to it. I also sincerely hope you are able to bust out that shovel one of these days!

      Merry Christmas!

  3. Carrie Bayer December 19, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Molly, this is hysterical but 100% true! I have a few to add-

    If as a kid you get roller skates instead of ice skates from Santa.
    If you wear your new beanie & scarf with a tank top, sunglasses, jeans & flip flops for fashion, not function. (Every 20-ish resident of LA…)
    If you drink iced coffee to cool down instead of hot coffee to warm up.

    Now that I think of it, Christmas in So Cal is quite ridiculous, huh? But, I love living here & feel blessed to live in what many consider Paradise. Thank you so much for the laughs! Love, Carrie

    • Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Carrie those are excellent!
      I’ve never really thought of Christmas as odd here until I put this list together. Of course, I always see the pretty Christmas cards with snow on them and wonder what that’s like, but it doesn’t lessen the fun of my own Christmas.

      Seriously, brilliant contributions, thanks so much for making ME laugh!

      Merry Christmas Carrie!

  4. Sharon Watkins December 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply


    THIS BLOG IS SO FUNNY because it is sooo true…….I related to EVERYTHING you said because I am a native Californian!

    I just want to add my amazing, true “White Christmas” story from 2 years ago.

    I was newly separated and living in a short term condo in Laguna Woods Village and it was Christmas time. I was feeling a bit like a fish out of water with no family around. I love the old movie “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and I saw that the play was in town so I went to see “White Christmas” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with my friend. It was fun and festive and just what I needed at the time. It was rainy and cold as I drove through the gate nearest my condo. As I drove up the hill I suddenly realized that I was looking out the window at “real snow” on the ground, houses, trees etc. I pulled over and thought I was delusional or dreaming. I actually got out and touched it to see if I was losing it or not!!! But it was the real deal falling down from the skies over this little area of Laguna Woods Village. As I slowly drove on down towards my condo there was no snow on the ground! It had just been in that one higher spot….my very own “White Christmas” gift like I had dreamed of having all those years as a kid growing up in CA!!! And right after I had seen the play – White Christmas!
    I thought to myself (and still know) that God has a wonderful sense of humor and intense love for each of us and I felt like that random snow was a little gift of love sent down from heaven just for me at 11:00pm on a cold winter’s night in Southern California to ease a sad heart.

    Merry “White” Christmas everyone,

    • Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Oh my gosh Sharon, what a wonderful story! I am so glad you got to experience that moment, alone & certain of the fact that God created it just for you to find solace & joy in. He is so good!

      Thank you so much for sharing, I love that story, it makes me smile.

      Merry Christmas!

  5. Becky Finch Lomaka December 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh Molly! This is so funny – and true (you know how cold I get when it is below 70 degrees). I can’t wait to share it with my midwestern family and friends!!

    When I was with my son today on his 4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano, it started to rain and all the kids were trying to catch raindrops on their tongues instead of snowflakes – priceless!!

    Thanks for making me smile,

    • Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Oh so glad you liked it Becky!! It’s so fun to see how we adapt to our weather to make it feel “christmassy” even though it may not reflect the picture-perfect snowy scenes we see on the cards.

      I hope your family gets a kick out of this & love that your kids were catching those rain drops – so fun!

      Merry Christmas!

  6. Chuck Ricciardi December 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Great reminder of the uniqueness of living in Southern California. I have done most of the SoCal traditions like the rest of us So Cal natives. In fact I’m going to the Newport Boat Parade tonight, timing is everything. Being a surfer boy I have seen a surfing Santa Clause and I’m sure we will all have our sunglasses on at Christmas. Thanks for creating a little humor break during the rush of craziness that is the week before Christmas. Now turn that heater off it is 62 degrees outside.


    • Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Haha, nothing comes between me & my heater! Thanks for reading & enjoying the post. Have a wonderful time at the boat parade tonight !

      Merry Christmas!

  7. Molly Keating December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Yes, I always feel bad telling people how wonderful it is – but it’s all relative I guess : )

  8. Jeff Turner December 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply


    That’s why we love living here! Thanks for the light hearted look at life in So Cal or Paradise by the Sea. Merry Christmas to you all. I parry a safe and joyous time with family and friends for you all.

  9. Jenn December 22, 2013 at 10:42 am - Reply

    We do have it lucky, I could not imagine having to shovel my driveway or scrape my windshield every morning. I would just live in a blanket by a fire place. People are afraid of earthquakes but being able to BBQ outside on Christmas day is a luxury I will put up with earthquakes for! Great blog 🙂

    • Molly Keating December 24, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Jenn! I COMPLETELY agree with you about the bar-b-queing, is there any better way to eat?

      I hope you have a wonderful Southern California Christmas this year!

  10. Gail December 22, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Only in SoCal you can surf and ski on the same day 🙂

    • Molly Keating December 24, 2013 at 9:08 am - Reply

      So true Gail! It’s such a great state. We are blessed.

  11. Fitz December 24, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Funny blog, Molly. I’m thankful for your sense of humor. When I first moved here from the Chicago area (Joliet to be exact. I was released for bad behavior), I lived in the San Fernando Valley. I knew I wasn’t “home” my first Xmas here when I went to the store about 7pm in shorts and a tee shirt only to find shoppers wearing wool hat’s, gloves and down jackets?!?! I thought WTF before WTF was even an acronym. This was 1984 mind you.
    My blood has thinned over the 29 years I’ve been in California. I have grown to prefer using a leaf blower now rather than a snow blower.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Molly Keating December 24, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Hahaha! I should’ve asked you for your insight into this before I put it out there, that is so funny! I met a lady at Disneyland from Canada last Christmas who couldn’t believe the stuff we were wearing. She was really nice about it but we had a great laugh over the shorts & sandals they had on while I shivered in my Uggs waiting for some hot coffee to warm me up.

      Have a Merry Christmas Fitz!

  12. Molly Keating December 24, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Hahaha! Those are great, thanks MIchael!

  13. Molly Keating December 24, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    OH my gosh, so good! We are a little too liberal with the term freezing but you know, everything is relative. I sincerely wish that we could have just one Christmas with a snow flake or two – it would just be too much fun! Tell him to keep dreaming! Thanks for reading Shasta!

  14. Molly Keating December 24, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Yeah, the “Storm Watch” is awful. It sure is something when a simple topic like the weather turns a whole media genre into a comedy show.
    Thanks for reading Mark, wishing you & yours a very SoCal Christmas!

  15. Mitch December 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Great blog Molly, these things could only be in California along with all the fruits & nuts.
    For the first 8 years of my life i lived in Ohio, Michigan & S. Dakota and it got cold. Sometimes I do miss the snow but i’d rather be here. Thank you for putting a smile on my face.

    • Molly Keating December 27, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Thank you Mitch! I’ve only had one white Christmas and that was in Washington, a cold place but not nearly as cold as where you grew up. I can never decide what kind of Christmas I’d prefer but I’m going to try and complain less next year, unless it’s 80 degrees again!

  16. Shayna Mallik December 26, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Molly, this was a great hilarious blog!!! Made me laugh and smile. But hey in California our Christmas’s are a little different then people who live in the mountains and also people who live in different states. But yesterday was so HOT!!!! I wish our Christmas’s were a little cooler so it felt like winter. Hope you had a terrific Christmas


    • Molly Keating December 27, 2013 at 10:03 am - Reply

      I wish they were cooler too Shayna. I was lamenting the 80 degrees to myself all day until the evening. We were sitting outside in tanks & bare feet enjoying the warmth when all of the sudden the sun was gone and I was “freezing” again. It was 68. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well!

  17. Molly Keating December 27, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    You are such a Southern California boy! Hope you had a wonderful ay Neil!!

  18. Christopher Iverson January 9, 2014 at 10:59 am - Reply


    Very “So Cal.” This year, I was in Texas for Christmas and it was definitely deferent than South Orange County. No shorts. No drive by the beach. No warm weather. No Christmas Day surfing. But I had family and as the old saying goes…”Home is where the heart is!”

  19. Patricia Kolstad February 4, 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Being a native California girl, I have to say . . . I’ve never seen falling snow. TRUTH! I only knew that Christmas was suppose to be sunny and a little cool. The worse Christmas’s ever would be one where it might rain and we couldn’t go out and play with our Christmas toys. We are definitely spoiled here . . and aren’t we glad! Thanks for your sweet, funny insights into our California Decembers!

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