Titusville Marina, Brevard County, Florida our home for the next few days, is only an hour or so from Disney World, far too close not to go. En route we saw this Christmas tree on the side of the road, complete with crib, a quick u-turn for a closer look, we were in Christmas, about twenty miles east of Orlando along Highway 50.
There really is a Christmas. Well, at least there is a Christmas IN Orange County, Florida. Florida may not see much snow, but the small post office near the historical Fort Christmas sees plenty of activity prior to the holidays. People come from miles around to have their Christmas cards and holiday mail postmarked ‘Christmas, Florida’.
On the 25th of December 1837, a force of two thousand U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort under the orders of General Jessup, one of over two hundred forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 - 1842. The fort was a supply depot in the chain of forts constructed along the St. Johns River. In March of 1838 the military abandoned the area as the fighting had moved so far south that supplies were brought by ship into Jupiter Inlet. The fort was finally ‘dropped’ when the first post office opened in 1892.
A little way along the road from the permanent Christmas tree is this replica fort and stockade, reproduced in 1976 by the Orange County Parks Department as a bicentennial project
Fort Christmas Baptist Church
It amused us to see the sign 'Easter at Christmas' outside the Christmas Church of God
ALL IN ALL WE MUST BE IN AMERICA THEN
A BIZARRE LITTLE FIND