Part of Christmas is celebrating the winter season. But for many in Wilmington, the holiday is more about sand castles and surf boards than sleds and snowmen. While many across the country are wearing snow suits this Christmas, Mike and Madison Ashcraft thought it the perfect day to test their new wetsuits. "So that's why we're out here," said Mike, who spent the afternoon surfing with his daughter. "Trying to enjoy a little christmas wave." Christmas may be a winter holiday, but not to people like the Ashcrafts who live minutes from the beach. "I've actually probably never seen snow on Christmas," Madison said. "Never," Mike added. Some even see Christmas as a chance to get away from wintry weather. Whether having a catch, a dip, or a seaside stroll, everyone at Wrightsville Beach on Christmas Day seemed to favor sand over snow. "Well we've lived in several places like Buffalo, Philadelphia and Chicago and I think we're all tired of the cold weather," said Debra Heffner, who now lives in Wrightsville Beach. "I think the beach is definitely much better." "There's no better place than the beach, especially this time of year when it's snowy up north where we're from originally," said David Levine, who rented a house at the beach for the week. "It's nice to come here where it's a little warmer and the kids can play in the sand and I can fly my kite." "We hung our stockings on a wall hanging of a fish," said David's daughter Ally. "It was pretty funny." "Santa found us anyway," she said. Everyone interviewed on the beach today agreed that it's not about where they are on Christmas as much as it is who they're with.
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