Instead of unwrapping a surprise indoors, a walk outside Christmas morning revealed a beautiful present from Mother Nature.
With no white snow in the forecast, the colors instead included a royal blue sky and shiny gold glow from the sun glistening on Lake Michigan.
"When I see [the sunrise], I'm thankful for being alive," Burt Tabora said. "This is like being on vacation in winter."
Tabora began his Christmas Day with a walk through McKinley Marina and Veterans Park with his wife, Joyele. At one point, they past their dock slip and lamented having their boat away in storage.
"The day he put [the boat] in storage, it was probably only 50 degrees and really windy and stormy," Joyele Tabora said. "It was worse than today. And that was what, October 15?"
Several others enjoyed a walk by the piers, Milwaukee Art Museum and Bradford Beach, among other outdoor attractions.
TODAY'S TMJ4 did meet one fisherman who did indeed launch his boat out on the water —- much to his chagrin.
"I'd much rather be on the ice right now," angler Tim Hyvonen said. "But to get on ice you have to drive 6 hours north."
Hyvonen says he has a message for Santa — take the warm weather back with him.