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Tropical Theme Christmas Ideas

Updated on November 14, 2015
Tropical Santa
Tropical Santa

I've lived in Texas all my life so it's hard for me to imagine what it's like to experience a white Christmas. Someday, I hope to travel somewhere snowy for Christmas just to see what it's like.

In the meantime, it's anyone's guess what the weather will be like here on Christmas Day. We've had really cold Christmases, wet Christmases and even downright hot Christmases. Children with new bicycles, skateboards, footballs, and remote controlled or battery-operated toys certainly enjoy it when the weather is really nice for Christmas. To be honest, it actually makes the adults rather happy too to have the kids out from under their feet in a house full of company.

I thought I'd share some tropical Christmas ideas to show you some alternatives to a traditional Christmas scene.

Tropical Christmas Ideas

As you can imagine, some parts of the country and other parts of the world, experience different weather conditions around Christmas. I had a friend who lived in Florida and all her Christmas cards had palm trees and Santas in swimsuits on them.

Even if you don't live in a tropical climate, why not decorate your tree with a tropical Christmas theme? Just look at all of the possibilities:

  • Pink flamingos with Santa hats
  • Seashell ornaments
  • Sand dollar ornaments
  • Palm trees
  • Tree Hammocks
  • Flip-flop ornaments
  • Tropical Fish ornaments
  • Dolphins
  • Sailboat ornaments
  • Surfboard ornaments
  • Nautical flags
  • Lighthouses
  • Beach balls
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Seagulls
  • Driftwood
  • Buckets and shovels
  • Sandcastles
  • Lounge chairs
  • Tiki torches
  • Hawaiian leis
  • Hula girl ornament
  • Mermaids
  • Seagulls
  • Starfish
  • Small plastic message or ship in a bottle ornaments
  • Treasure chest ornaments
  • Small pineapple, banana or coconut ornaments

The color scheme could be bright colors like nautical flags (sunny yellows, blues, reds and whites) or exotic colors for the beach (peach, melon, cream, baby blue). For the tree topper you can use a mermaid or hula girl in place of the traditional angel. You can use a starfish in place of the traditional star. For the treeskirt, use a solid piece of fabric (about 2 yards) and wrap it around the trunk of the Christmas tree and then purchase a cheap fishing net at your local party supply store and place it around the base of the tree on top of the colored fabric.

Jimmy Buffet "Christmas in the Caribbean"


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    • KCC Big Country profile image

      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks shriash!

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      shriash 8 years ago

      Very nice idea from you about the tropical christmas. Thank u for sharing.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Well, the white Christmas is certainly the Christmas scenery we're fed in movies. It's become what is expected. Living in Texas all my life, it certainly isn't my Christmas. On my bucket list is "riding in a horsedrawn sleigh in the snow at Christmastime". :)

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Being originally from North Idaho and living in the Northwest until seven years ago and being in Texas since, I prefer the white Christmas. There is just something about it that makes it feel right to me.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Putz, it was my husband's idea actually.

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      Putz Ballard 8 years ago

      A really novel idea, thanks for sharing