Dec 06 2013

An Edisto Beach Christmas

An Edisto Beach Christmas is full of crashing waves, palm trees, and oyster roasts. Of course, those things aren’t what typically come to mind when thinking of the year’s jolliest holiday, but down here we wouldn’t change it for anything.

Spending Christmas at the beach – whether Edisto is your home or favorite getaway – has everything anyone could need for a memorable occasion. After all, what could be better than serving up some eggnog while the sound of the surf pours through open porch doors?

One of the best Christmas memories involves the time that all of my immediate family and a good amount of my extended family all spent the holidays together at the beach. As my grandfather always says, “fish and relatives stink after three days,” so we were sure to have plenty of room for everyone … that meant the immediate family stayed in one house, while the rest stayed in a rental home located right across the street and even more stayed down at the campground.

Like most holidays in our family, it was made up of tons of food at every meal, lots of time spent on the porch or walking on the beach, and talking around a campfire at the state park.

Christmas Day was nothing less than perfect; we went to church, had our family dinner, and walked it off later on the beach. What was amazing about that Christmas in particular was that it was the first time that I had ever experienced anything close to a white Christmas at the beach… It didn’t actually snow, but there was enough freezing rain to make a glaze over everything. Plus the colder temperatures made it possible for us to finally use the fireplace in the beach house.

Afterwards, we went (in several vehicles) to the James Island Festival of Lights. It’s the perfect way to round out the Christmas experience as it looks like a winter wonderland and is full of holiday charm.

That year was one of the best I’d ever spent at the beach, but any time is perfect when it’s spent with family and friends on Edisto.

If you want to celebrate Christmas on Edisto Beach this year there is still time to book a rental property (or camp site). Plus, rates are at their lowest this time of year. Most of the local stores will be open, including the Bi-lo, but everything is closed on Christmas day.

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