Enjoying a warm Christmas Eve in WNY

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 24, 2015

It's rare to see a day this warm in December in western New York.

With so many people off enjoying the holidays, that means some families are finding some different ways to celebrate Christmas this year.

"I just feel like I'm in fall right now, I love it," said Lacy Russell, of Angola. "After last year, I feel like we deserve this."

Delaware Park was full of people running, riding their bicycles and enjoying loved ones outdoors -- including the four-legged-kind.

Tom O'Malley took his family to Tift Nature Preserve. His children and grandchildren are visiting from Kansas.

"We are usually snowshoeing this time of the year," said Tom O'Malley, as his family laughed. "But now we are just going to walk."

Even with the wind, the sun and nice temperatures still drove western New Yorkers to the lakefront -- and into the waters.

Katie Lee Hall took her young son fishing near Gallagher Beach -- and not the kind that involves ice. Even Hall is surprised that is what they're doing for Christmas Eve.

"Not in Buffalo, New York, not at this time," Hall said. "But we enjoy it."

Her son, Malachi, who said he loves to fish, could barely believe it either.

"When my Dad said I was going to go fishing tomorrow, I got all my stuff the night before," Malachi exclaimed.

However, the biggest surprise Christmas Eve activity any family did in Buffalo was in the waters of Lake Erie -- scuba diving.

"It seems nice and the weather's nice," Dyana Durmha explained.

"The water is cold, it takes a little getting used to," said Kevin Durmaj, who stated they are wearing extra gear to help stay warm.

Believe it or not, the family went diving last year too and hopes to make it a holiday tradition.

"As long as there's no ice, we're going to try it every year," Durmha said.




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