Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Greetings from Christmas, Florida

You know how when you live somewhere you take the little things in stride and forget that out-of-towners might think something you see every day is actually quite cool?

Enter the town of Christmas, Florida. We're a stone's throw from Christmas and are quite used to seeing the year-round Christmas decorations at the main intersection. Don't make the mistake of getting excited about Christmas. It's not a quaint little town worth going out of your way to visit. It's rural homes, cows, trailer parks, auto salvage businesses, a gas station, a post office and a park with a historic fort. It doesn't have it's own police or mayor or anything and most people would drive through it and hardly notice they aren't in rural East Orlando anymore.

But when it's time to send Christmas cards, living near Christmas is great. Locals know that it's well worth the visit to the Christmas Post office to send your Christmas cards.

They'll be postmarked "Christmas, Florida," and you can borrow one of their ink stamps to stamp a message from Christmas, Florida, on to your cards.

(I forgot to photograph this myself)

Oddly enough, this year the postal workers are requiring you to give them your Driver's License in exchange for the ink stamps that say Christmas, Florida on them. When you're done stamping your cards, they give you your DL back and you can be on your way. Apparently last year all those stamps were stolen when they were just on a table in the lobby. Says a lot about people when they'll steal an ink stamp meant to adorn Christmas cards.

But we did it today - the boys chose a green candy cane Season's Greetings stamp and we put one on the back of each of our Christmas cards before sending them off. I believe this is an essential part of the Christmas Post Office experience in case someone rips open your card without noticing the oh-so-awesome postmark on the front.

So there you have it - a peek into Christmas, Florida, where it's Christmas year round!


meemsnyc said...

I've never heard of Christmas Florida. How nice that they have a permanent tree. I like the stamps too at the post office. Cute.

Darla said...

This is cool...a little out of the way for me though since I'm in North Florida.

Unknown said...

Being a native Floridian, Christmas Florida has seen many of my Christmas cards.

Here is a tip for all of you.... IF you are gonna take your cards there for the Christmas FL post mark DO IT EARLY. They get really long lines the closer to Christmas (the holiday not the town)

Happy Holidays to you all.

DARLA: where in North Florida are you? We live in Palm Beach (South Florida) BUT also have a house in North Florida (Live Oak).

Barbie~ said...

This is one of those things that you realize when it's too late. Every year I have the intentions to take the short trip, and then when it's just too late to deal with it or I'm too busy to get there I remember. THanks for the reminder!

Jeff Vandiver said...

Now that would be a weird place to live, I bet. Ha!

Anonymous said...

I want a card from you with that post mark. WOW-that would be fun to have near you. Traci in Indiana a transplant from Ga.

Dani said...

I hope you have a very merry Christmas Kate. :)

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