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Florida is a state of newcomers and many of our recent arrivals don’t realize how historical the state is, probably through no fault of their own. That’s because most school children are taught about the establishment of Jamestown in 1607 or the arrival of the pilgrims in Plymouth in 1620. But little time is spent — if any at all — on the founding and settlement, much earlier, of St. Augustine in 1565.
For the uninitiated, celebrating Christmas in Florida is a lot different than celebrating it in northern climes.
Instead of sleigh rides and strolls through snow-covered villages, we have things like boat parades and surfing Santas.
In case you haven’t heard, the magazine you are holding in your hands — or reading online — has been named best overall magazine in its class in the state of Florida.
The Florida Magazine Association bestowed the award to Space Coast Living in August at its annual Charlie Awards dinner highlighting the best in magazine publishing. Our annual welcome, relocation and tourist guide, Discover the Space Coast, was also named best tourism publication in Florida in its class.
It began with a bold idea.
Speaking before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of the decade. The announcement came just six weeks after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space and four years after the Soviet Union shocked and embarrassed the United States by launching Sputnik, the Earth’s first artificial satellite.
Although Christmas in Florida is different than the snow-covered Christmases many people know in the north, holidays here aren’t without their traditions.