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Shellebrating Christmas in July!

Posted by Jody on July 28, 2011

Can you believe it?  Christmas ornaments are already popping up in card stores all over the country.  Yep, It’s Christmas in July!

So many touristy areas have Christmas shops that are open year ’round.  We have one here in Historic Old Town Albuquerque and there’s a Christmas shop near the Plaza in Santa Fe too.  We are the kind of travelers who try to go home with a Christmas ornament carefully tucked away in our suitcase, no matter where we visit.  Sure, lots of vacationers do this, but we beachcombers can add our own personal touches to the standard Christmas shop fare and transform these basic store-bought decorations into our very own kitschy little beach treasure mementos.

Kitschy Beach Treasure Ornaments

This is a really easy seashell craft idea for seashell Christmas ornaments.  You don’t need to leave them boxed up in the attic or packed away in the garage, though. We keep these two out all year-long with our “memento tree.” (A little cast iron display “tree” we purchased from Orvis)

“Santa, Buried in the Sand,” was personalized by the addition of little shell pieces that two of my daughters and I found on Daytona Beach, FL.  We were in Florida during college-search-summer for our second daughter. Of course we hit the beach! (She ended up in Tulsa.) “Sand Castle” was given to Greg, by our sweetest-ever four-year old grandson, as a Christmas gift last year.  It’s Oh So Special  because he had decorated the “sand” by gluing on small seashells Greg and I had found on Sanibel Island earlier that December.

FYI:  There are only 150 days until Christmas!

Kitsch you later!  -J-

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One Response to “Shellebrating Christmas in July!”

  1. I love the castle (of course it does not hurt that my son made it!).

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