A Christmas Swim

by TChris

Starting your Christmas with an invigorating swim? Not a bad idea if you live in the Carribean, or have access to a heated pool.

The "Berlin seals," however, took their Christmas morning dip in Berlin's Oranke lake. Although the water temperature was 34 F, some of the 30 swimmers -- wearing only their Santa Claus hats -- complained about the lack of ice on the lake this year.

The tradition dates back to at least 1980. The swimmers -- outnumbered by media photographers drawn to the annual event -- built up their courage for the dip by singing Christmas carols and sipping mulled wine.

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  • Re: A Christmas Swim (none / 0) (#1)
    by dennis on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 12:28:35 PM EST
    the coney island polar bear club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the country. we swim every sunday from cotober through april. check us out at: http://www.polarbearclub.org