Most of the nation considers Florida the escape from the cold winter weather. Lucky visitors would send the folks back home postcards comparing sunny Florida with the snowy North. And few holiday films featured sandy beaches and palm trees. But for Florida residents, winter was a time of holidays, family celebrations, and–sometimes–cold weather.

Three girls making a "sandman" at the beach (1964)

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Seminole chairman James E. Billie and family (1985)

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The photograph was from their Christmas card.

The Greenwood children sending letters to Santa (1915)

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Greek baklava at Epiphany Day celebration: Tarpon Springs, Florida (1990)

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Juanita Miller in snow scene : Madison County, Florida (1958)

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Boys competing in contest to retrieve an epiphany cross: Tarpon Springs, Florida (1985)

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Photographed on January 6, 1985.

Winner of the epiphany cross retrieval contest with cross and trophy: Tarpon Springs, Florida (1985)

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Florida State University students enjoying a day of snow: Tallahassee, Florida (1958)

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The students are shown in front of Bryan Hall.

Christmas party at the Afro-American Life Insurance, Jacksonville, Florida (19--)

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Cypress House at 601 Caroline Street decorated for Christmas: Key West, Florida (2005)

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The building was built in 1888.

Governor Collins' daughter Darby with Thanksgiving turkey at mansion: Tallahassee, Florida (1959)

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Collins served as Florida's 33rd Governor from January 4, 1955 to January 3, 1961.