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Coastal Christmas

Coastal Christmas

Plunge into coastal Christmas decor for a stunning span of accents, from beach Santa collectibles to seashell stockings. Shades of blue and sand featured on pillows, wreaths, and even curtain tiers will transport you away to paradise this holiday season.

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Whether you live on the beach or just wish that you did, you can keep the summery vibes going even into December with coastal Christmas decor. Shades of blue, seashell designs, and beach bum Santas are the name of this decorating game, so find everything you need to make a splash this season!

Feel free to eschew the traditional color schemes of red, green, and gold—your aim is to evoke the sea, so spring for colors like cerulean blue, cool gray, or sandy beige instead. Blue Christmas decorations are particularly telling of a seaside atmosphere. Decorate a countertop with a blue Christmas tree figurine. An LED light inside illuminates the branches on this mercury glass accent, and the ombre silver and blue hues evoke ocean peace.

From there, it's as simple as borrowing a few shells from your collection, perhaps a coral branch or two, and arranging them all around your tabletop tree. You don't have to go too crazy with the winter imagery, but as all lovers of the American Coastal style can attest, it never hurts to add another shell or two!

Turn your attention to the fireplace mantel or your staircase banister. Beach Christmas decorations include the much-loved stocking; after all, even beach-dwellers need a place for Santa to stash their goodies come Christmas morning. For example, you might pick out a few stockings fashioned from tan burlap. An applique seahorse, starfish, sand dollar, or coral detailed in off-white with raw edges is delightfully unusual.

Regardless of which design you prefer, little embellishments like sequins or beads can represent the setting sun glinting off the tides. If you can swing it, consider pairing your stockings with a white garland fashioned from driftwood or even rope netting. This contributes to a seasonal look without bending to the ordinary conventions of Christmas decorating.

How else can you work the coast into this holiday season? Try out beach-themed pillows with beaded starfish or sand dollars. These would be just perfect for a light cream couch or a weathered whitewash bench in the entryway. A coastal tree skirt, too, underscores this festive time of the year without treading too far into holly and ribbons territory. Coordinate with those stockings hanging on your mantle with tan burlap and off-white sea creatures.

And of course, what would Christmas be without a few depictions of Santa here and there? Beach Santa figurines from Possible Dreams(R) and Jim Shore(R) depict Santa with his toes in the sand or riding a wave. You can even find Santas from the (C)2017 Margaritaville Collection, if you happen to be a big fan of beach culture. Whether it's a Key West or Hawaiian look, Christmas decorations in a coastal style allow for your own unique take on the holidays.