By: Jackie Brigante
My apprehensiveness for holiday travel is at an all time high this year: we are driving to the central Florida Gulf Coast. Christmas in the warm weather is never something I have experienced; there is usually freezing rain, runny noses and black ice up in Jersey burbs. While I am overly excited about the warm weather and sunshine; the rapid climate declination is where I am at an emotional standstill.
Upon leaving my New Jersey domicile I shall be bundled up to the nines: Uggs, Northface, knee socks and the coziest sweats I can find. All New Jersians can attest that the start of a 5 a.m. car trip in December can be mighty frosty; but the thaw on the way down south is what I am looking forward to the most. The end of this adventure should result in cut-offs, a tank top and flip flops – which will make me the happiest girl alive!
As this sunshine and summer apparel is probably an all too exciting fixation for me, but I am feeling one tiny bit of trepidation for this trip: mom said I have to pack light. Although my clothes do tend to be on the smaller side; packing light does not exist in my vocabulary; especially on a road trip! This climate disaster that I am currently facing is forcing me to pack two full suitcases – one for the winter and one for the summer. Sorry mom and dad, that trunk is going to be mine…espadrilles take up a lot of room.
Another weather crisis that is making me feint of heart is the waning climate. What if it is snowing in Virginia when we stop for lunch? What if dinner in South Carolina rains on my parade? What fashion choice do I make if night time in Florida is cold?! There are so many unanswered seasonal queries that are plaguing my thoughts!
Now for all of you Christmas fanatics – be aware. All winter trips on which I venture; there is always a blizzard in good old New Jersey. My family has the knack for staying in Vegas an extra day due to airport shutdowns and coming home from Disney only to find a driveway full of fluffy, glistening snow. So perhaps while I am basking in the sunshine, New Jersey really will experience a White Christmas.