Record warm temperatures in Michigan bring people outdoors

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS)- With record breaking temperatures, a people all across Mid -Michigan were out to enjoy this warm winter day.

Parks, outdoor malls, and even tree farms were all filled with cheerful spirits on a not so common December day, as a record warmth blankets Mid-Michigan.

According to the Barancik family, there’s something odd about picking out a Christmas tree in 63 degree weather- but they aren’t complaining.

“I like it for the kids, not too cold for them and they last longer, but for me personally I enjoy a little bit of snow for Christmas” Chris Barancik.

But while the warmth may make it more comfortable outside, for the Barancik’s it does take away from that festive feel.

“I need snow, but you see all the Christmas lights and stuff so that feels like Christmas, but the snow is kind of like, you hope for snow.” Jen Barancik said.

But according to Kimberly Dudley, the owner of Discount Trees, this warm start to December has been good for business,  as hundreds of families have made the trip to the farm looking for the perfect Christmas tree.

“Last weekend was our record weekend, for all the years we’ve been 35 years in business, so it was our best year ever” Kimberly Dudley said.

And while many cut down trees dressed like it was spring, others brought back spring like activities, swinging at the playground at East Lansing’s Patriarche Park.

“It’s a beautiful day” a little girl said while standing next to her friends at the park.

“Yeah we are here for a friend’s birthday party, which is pretty brave because there’s no chance of usually having a party in the winter but it’s fun its good the kids are excited to play” Carla Larzelere of East Lansing said while at the park with her daughter.

Even though these little ones aren’t begging for snow at the moment, seven year old Austin Barancik tells six news once the decorations go up he will be ready for a white Christmas.

“Maybe build a snow man, and a snow fight!” Austin Barancik said while staring at his dad.

“Even though there’s not snow and it’s not cold, being together and getting a tree together and picking it out. That’s fun and it helps out with the Christmas spirit” Chris Barancik said.



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