Camping in December: A Yearly Tradition

My family has been camping in December for the last 6 years, and it is one of the most enjoyable events of the year for us.

11/17/20232 min read

While the rest of the country may be bundling up and freezing their toes off, we, fortunate South Texans, revel in the magic of camping in December. In this post, we'll explore why winter camping in the Lone Star State holds a special charm, delving into the joys of disconnecting, wading into chilly creeks, and creating lasting memories with family and friends.

South Texas Winter Camping Charms

As South Texans, we're blessed with mild winter temperatures, making December camping a delightful experience. The cooler air allows us to escape the summer heat while embracing the invigorating chill that transforms the great outdoors into a refreshing haven. Even on the coldest of nights, the campfire sets the mood, and the marshmallows light up.

Digital Detox in Nature's Embrace

Camping in December provides the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the digital world. Far from the constant buzz of notifications, we find solace in the rustle of leaves and the crackle of the campfire. The serene winter landscape encourages us to be present, fostering genuine connections with our loved ones and the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Chasing Adventure in Shallow Creeks

Even on the coldest days, the allure of shallow creeks proves irresistible. Wading into the cool waters becomes an invigorating adventure, a stark contrast to the scorching summer months. The therapeutic sounds of flowing water create a serene backdrop as we explore the beauty of these hidden waterways.

Unsupervised Play and Bike Rides

Camping in December brings out the best in our children. Freed from the constraints of screens and schedules, they rediscover the joy of unsupervised play. Riding bikes becomes a favorite pastime, and our campsite transforms into a playground of laughter and exploration. December camping encourages a sense of freedom that is unmatched throughout the year. In the city, there's always the worry of strangers up to no good, and/or distracted drivers that will hit a child before they had the chance to look up from their screens. There are times where we let our kids ride their bikes in the campground as a group til almost midnight, so long as they aren't making a bunch of noise, and keeping everyone awake.

Inviting Other Families to Share the Magic

Our December camping tradition isn't just about our family—it's a celebration we love to share. Inviting other families to join us enhances the experience, fostering a sense of community around the campfire. The camaraderie, shared stories, and laughter under the starlit sky make these winter camping trips truly special. We also create a meal calendar of sorts where each family is responsible for a certain meal on a certain day, and it cycles until all meals are covered. Lunch is usually leftovers, and to be honest, breakfast often bleeds over into lunch. Since we are not in a hurry to get up in the mornings, theres no rush to get anything done, since theres nothing in need of getting to.

Tradition starts with Us

We are often looking for ways to create new traditions to pass down to our children, and someday our grandchildren. Camping in December has become a cherished yearly tradition for us South Texans. The mild winter weather, the joy of disconnecting, creek-side adventures, and the freedom our children experience are the elements that make this tradition extraordinary. As we gather around the campfire, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth of friendship, we savor the unique magic that winter camping brings to our lives in South Texas. If you don't yet have a family tradition, why not give winter camping a try?

two blue camping chairs near camping tent
two blue camping chairs near camping tent