I'm afraid some of you up North might not understand the situation here. We live in a place where sandals and t-shirts can be worn comfortably in December on many days. Where strolling and biking are fine activities and quite a few days are downright balmy.
Because January will bring somewhat colder weather. After living in Mississippi and Alabama for years, I know how these Deep South winters are. For about 3 weeks in January, it's truly cold -- deep, bone-chilling cold, because of the humidity. A wet cold that makes you shiver. Then one day, it'll turn, and spring will begin. The birds start singing, and by March it's already warm. Then we forget the camellias who were so precious to us, in those cold January days.
If you're a Yankee who's sick to death of ice, bundling up like a bear to check the mailbox, and shoveling your driveway for hours only to have it be buried again overnight, then Oriental might be the place for you. No ice. No shoveling. Hardly a need for a coat. Lovely balmy days in December. And when you think you're missing that Northern winter? A few weeks in January to remind you that you like it down here just fine.