Unseasonably hot weather but no dampener on St. Louis Christmas plans

December 11, 2012 by  

December in St. Louis, Missouri means crisp, cold temperatures, gray skies, and snow. Unless it’s 75 degrees, as it was on Sunday December 2, 2012.

The unseasonable warmth broke the previous record of 74 degrees, which was set in 1982. Although the temperature was a surprise to residents, it did not stop them from going about traditional holiday activities.

Travis Dillon, general manager of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Christmas tree lot, located in south St. Louis, said the sale of trees was higher than normal for this weekend, and custard sales at the lot were up as well. Dillon speculates the warm temperatures bring people out to buy custard and they decide that, since they are at the lot, they might as well get their tree at the same time.

The heat also changed another traditional event, Santa’s boat ride across Post-Dispatch Lake, held at the Boathouse in Forest Park. Last year, Boathouse employees had to steer Santa’s boat around ice, whereas this year, they were wearing shorts.

Santa was probably the one person not enjoying the heat, with his heavy plush Santa suit hardly suitable for the weather. Even so, though he gamely posed for photos with children, and dogs, on his lap. Boathouse employees opened a garage door to help the Jolly Old Elf cool down.

Merchants in St. Louis might want to contact flyer printing experts and ask for help in designing flyers to assure customers that it’s business as usual, despite the heat.