DESTIN — Two twin boys splashed around in the water on Christmas Day near the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier.
Greyson and Liam, in matching shirts, ran up and down the beach enjoying the sand and playing in the crystal clear blue water.
Every family celebrates the holidays differently, and some spend the day enjoying the sun at the beach.
Jeremy Johnson, Mahalah Osborn and their two 3-year-old sons, Greyson and Liam, decided to vacation in the area this year.
“This is a lot less stressful than being at home,” Johnson said.
The family of four drove from their home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to spend the Christmas holiday in Fort Walton Beach.
The two, looking for something new to do for the holidays this year, decided on a beach vacation.
The two had been to the area many times, but their boys were too little to enjoy it.
“We’ll still have Christmas when we get home later this evening,” Johnson said.
As they were driving down, Johnson said they should continue the tradition again next year.
“And mom loves the beach,” Johnson said.
They are not alone in their quest to enjoy the sunny beaches of Florida.
Tiffany and her mom Michelle Hickerson, who live in Valparaiso, said they wanted to enjoy the calm.
“It’s home,” Michelle said. “Refreshing. Revitalizing.”
While Johnson and his family headed to Okaloosa Island, James Luedecke and his family visited the Henderson Beach State Park.
Years back, Luedecke and his wife Jacie were married in Destin. The two were both in their 20’s. They drove 15 hours to get married on the beach.
“We got married in the afternoon,” Luedecke said. “We had a beautiful sunset.”
Now, 15 years later, the two brought their own children to enjoy the ocean.
While playing in the sand, their children agreed that seashells were the best part.
Another couple, the Millers, packed comfy beach chairs and also headed to the Henderson Beach State Park to enjoy some beach time before their family came over.
“We usually try to anytime it’s this pretty on Christmas Day,” said Scott Miller.
Scott and his wife Ronda have lived in the area for 23 years. Originally from Indiana, the two moved to Destin because of the Gulf and the coast.
When Scott was a scuba instructor, he visited Destin many times. Eventually, the two moved here.
“We just fell in love with the area and decided this is where we wanted to raise a family,” Scott said.