Posted by: Tom Keer
December 13, 2012

Tom Keer

Christmas Along the Coast

Winter along the coast can be very different from a Norman Rockwell Christmas card.  The climate doesn’t always lend itself to white, fluffy snow falls and cold weather plus humidity doesn’t usually form icicles on the house.  Bah, humbug!  Spice up your season with a few fun ideas.

 

Who’d have thought to make a Christmas tree out of a series of stacked lobster pots?  These trees don’t need to be watered and you’ll seldom find them tipped over.  Lobster pot Christmas trees are the ultimate in the green movement.  Their color is green, true, but when the season is over they’ll be recycled for use in catching our favorite crustaceans!

If you’re running shy on tree stands a skiff will do just fine.  With ice flows in the harbor the odds are good that you won’t be cruising any time soon, so why not?

A Christmas tree made from old oars……the blades and the handles can be cut to fit.  This one was from a shop not too far away and cost a pretty penny.  Most folks in our community have garages full of old oars, and you’ll do them a favor by hauling ‘em away.

Combing the beaches is a perfect way to find pieces of driftwood.  What to do with the scrap wood?  Make a tree topper of course!

And last but not least, sea shells, sand dollars, and dried sea stars make for great ornaments.  I think that next year we’ll repaint some old plugs.  They’ll be easy to hang….

Tom Keer is an award-winning freelance writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.

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