This year the girls and I wanted to bring the beach to our Christmas celebrations, in honour of our new house by the coast. Visiting Spotlight on their VIP Christmas night was my starting point, when I found bare Christmas wreaths that you can decorate in your own style and various shades of blue tree decorations.
Beginning with the wreath, Maddie and I gathered up a variety of shells from our favourite beach spots, and wound them onto a continuous, long string of picture hanging wire - circling them around the wreath as we went. We fashioned a dangling feature of a clam, spiral shell and drift wood at the bottom, and then went through the decoration box until we found some white and blue wavy ribbons, and red beads that wouldn't be needed for the tree. The red beads wrapped the wreath in between, and become the only traditional part!
Next we tackled the tree, focusing on blue, navy and white decorations, but adding some colourful lime green, dark pink and gold decorations for our summer fun colours.
Dad hung the icicles on the front porch - oops, I mean the surf white wash - and our efforts were complete.
Well, except for wrapping the presents in the white and wrapping paper - but with a very curious 2 year old and 5 year old - that will need to wait until late Christmas eve!