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HOLMBERG: Warm, wet weather changes Christmas Eve in the city

Posted at 11:34 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 23:34:18-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- No, it certainly wasn't a frosty, bundle-up,  hot chocolate kind of Christmas Eve.

Richmond's downtown ice skating rink on E. Broad Street wasn't even open (although the refrigeration system had the ice nice and smooth).

The 31st annual Grand Illumination at the James Center on E. Cary Street was more like a ghost town after the day's torrential rains and thunderstorms made the holiday seem more like a spring break.

Family taking picture

Family taking pics at the Grand Illumination at the James Center.

It rained so hard and warmly that the James River had a thin coating of fog on top as the sun set and the skies finally began to clear to show the fat, nearly full moon with a halo.

Well past dark, many businesses such as Harvey's Progressive Barber Shop downtown had their front doors open on this balmy Christmas Eves.

I saw people in shorts and bare feet (including myself) on this most different-feeling holiday.

(Check out the video.)

And you won't need your long-burning Yule log on Christmas Day either.

Share the warmth, brothers and sisters, and may your full-moon Christmas be bright!