Holiday decorations often bring Christmas trees decorated in red, green and gold to mind. Traditional décor of poinsettias, pine wreaths and white outdoor Christmas lights remain extremely popular, but here on the barrier islands of west coast Florida, we are seeing an explosion of unique décor. Here are a few examples of how beach communities are putting their own spin holiday decorating:
1. Beach themed Christmas trees
Just turn the pages of a Coastal Living magazine and you will see Christmas trees decorated with shades of blue and turquoise, starfish and sailboats. These nautical inspired trees echo the views of the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Another popular and eco-friendly trend is décor made out of salvaged driftwood.
2. Lighted palm trees
With so many palm trees around it’s no wonder they became a favorite to decorate. The long trunks look festive with lights spiraling up to the palm fronds which are often also lighted with swags of green lights. Decorating these tall trees takes skill and determination, but wow do they look beautiful.
3. Tropical colors
Florida is called the sunshine state due to the record number of sunny days in a year. Winter here is sunny and bright and holiday decorations often reflect this trend. It is common to see pops of tropical colors like bright pink, bright green and even yellow. It is also common to see flamingos, tropical fish and brightly colored sandals integrated in the décor.