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Tropical Christmas Decorations

Updated on October 22, 2014

Tropical Christmas Trees, Ornaments, and Holiday Cards

I'm in favor of a Tropical Christmas! Are you?

I adore bringing the look of the tropics into my home any time I can. December is no exception. Tropical Christmas Ornaments are a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of the tropics at the same time we celebrate the joy of the season. You'll find a nice selection of tree decorations with a flavor of the tropics here on this page.

Speaking of the tropics, why not decorate a Christmas Palm this year? Did you know there are some lovely pre-lit artificial palms that make great trees to use instead of pines or firs?

Think about other little touches of the tropics to bring breezy color and warmth into your season. For example, holiday cards, and even stockings to hang by your chimney, are available in beach, caribbean, and other sunny themes. I hope you'll discover some new ideas that are just right for your holiday this year!

graphic: mine, using PD elements

Your Christmas Tree doesn't have to be a pine, fir, or cedar.

Have you ever considered a Palm?

If you live in the south, or the tropics, doesn't a royal, date, or sabal palm actually make more sense? Light it with all white lights, like little stars among the boots and frnds. Artificial ones come with the lights already attached to the tree. That's my kind of decorating/

Best of all, you can use it other times of the year, too... for pool and patio parties, or summer barbecues!

7' Foot Lighted Palm Tree - 300 Lights 78 Tips
7' Foot Lighted Palm Tree - 300 Lights 78 Tips

Here's an artificial Christmas Tree that you really can use all year - a pre-lit Christmas Palm!



Palms Are More Appropriate than Quirky

You may think that palms are a quirky choice for a Christmas tree. Thnk again! They're actually quite appropriate.

What do we celebrate on December 25th? The birth of the Christ Child.

And where was He born? in Jerusalem.

Now, have a look at the old black and white photograph just below. It's a picture of the city of Jerusalem, taken in 1950. What kind of trees do you see there? That's right - Palm Trees!

So, there you have it. There's a good, sound reason to decorate a palm tree at yuletide. Yes, they're really cool and tropical looking. But they're also a perfectly logical choice when you think about it for longer than a nano second.

Palm Trees in Jerusalem

Jerusalem in 1950 (public domain)
Jerusalem in 1950 (public domain) | Source

Palm Trees for the Holidays - (a poll)

What Do You Think About a Christmas Palm Tree?

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Tropical Palmetto Palm Tree - Christmas Garden Flag

Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Isn't this garden flag just the cutest thing ever?

And, of course, if you live in either Florida or South Carolina, there's a special justification for you. Both of those states have named the Sabal (or Palmetto) Palm as their official state tree.

This polyester flag is 12 inches by 18 inches.

Christmas-ornaments-on-tree | Source

Add Warmth and Color to Your Season

With Tropical Ornaments for Your Tree

A Palm Tree is the perfect choice for a Christmas tree if you live in the tropics, or a warm climate. Even if you live in the frozen north, but dream of warm and sunny climates, you might want to give it a try.

We tend to put strings of lights on one of the palm trees in our yard. But, I am seriously considering changing to a Palm for our indoor tree this year.

Tropical ornaments are a perfect, and natural, choice for a Palm Tree Christmas Tree.

However, no matter what your choice of trees, a few tropical ornaments are always appropriate. After all, Christmas is celebrated all over the world ... including the tropics!

Tropical Tree Ornaments

Tropical Flower Christmas Ornament
Tropical Flower Christmas Ornament | Source

Christmas Flowers

Mention flowers for the holiday season, and many people will immediately think, "Poinsettia." They're certainly pretty. But they're not your only choice. What about the beautiful hibiscus?

If it's color you want, the hibiscus can surely give it to you. They come in yellow, red, pink, orange, purple and white.

Choose several delicate blown glass globe ornaments, hand painted with different shades of hibiscus on them. Or pick a medalion style in durable pewter.

Other flower decorations to look for include orchids, bird of paradise, and plumeria.

Hibiscus Ornaments - Beautiful Tropical Flowers on Your Tree

Dolphins and Tropical Fish Holiday Ornaments - Lovable and Colorful Sea Creatures

Everyone loves dolphins, and tropical fish are naturally colorful. . A leaping dolphin or two will bring smiles to faces, and a school of reef fish is always a real winner. Some of the world's most colorful creatures, they occur naturally in every color of the rainbow, and will really perk up the mood of everyone who sees them.

Invite some of those wonderful creatures that inhabit the warm waters in the tropics into your living room.

Let a pod of dolphins leap throuigh green branches or palm fronds, Arrange a school of brighr reef creatures on a wall or door using peel and stick decals. Be creative!

Beach and Sea Themed Tree

Beautifully Decorated Tropical Tree

In this short video, you'll see a real example of a beautifully decorated tree. This decorator opted for a sea and beach theme, using reef fish, starfish, and sea shells. They did a beautiful job, and got some enthusiastic readtions.

The beach and sea theme is one way to go. Another is a tropical rainforest... with flowers and birds. The latter is a less frequently used theme. When it's done right, though, the results can be even more stunning.

More Tropical Holiday Ideas -Birds!

Think of the Caribbean to find some fun, and maybe even slightly funky, Christmas ideas. Nestle some feathered friends among the flowers and fish.

What's more natural to perch on your tree than a bird? They just belong there, don't you think? Decorate with flamingos, herons, parrots and toucans for a happy and carefree look.

Pineapples for Christmas

Pineapples for Christmas? Really? Yes, really!

We love pineapples at Christmas time. Why, at our house, the cranberry sauce recipe even calls for crushed pineapple! (It's a family favorite, too. Everyone loves it)

The little baubble shown below really is a jewel of a hanging ornament. The body of the fruit is clear genuine Swarovsky crystal, topped off with peridot toned leaves. You might not want to pack this one away after the holidays are over. It might find a year round home in your kitchen window, sparkling in the sunlight.

Tropical Christmas Cards

Fun Holiday Cards with a Tropical Theme
Fun Holiday Cards with a Tropical Theme | Source

Warm Up Someone's Day - Send a Sunny Card

We live in Florida, and get a kick out of sending out warm and sunny cards at Christmas, rather than those with snow all over them.

After all, our December doesn't include snow drifts and icicles, so why should our cards? A walk on the beach or a dip in a pool is certainly more likely to be a part of our day.

It seems rather incongruous to us to send out card with the words "Warm Holiday Wishes" scrawled across a scene in which everything is knee deep in snow. Sure, I admit the white stuff is pretty. But you'll never get me to believe it's anything but cold.

Send your friends and family truly warm holiday wishes.

Would you like to wish someone Happy Holidays?

Here's your chance!

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      5 years ago

      Novel idea. I like it

    • kiratalley profile image


      5 years ago

      I would love to do a Tropical Christmas theme at my house, it would bring plenty of Christmas spirit, but yet warm the house enough with thoughts of tropical paradise that will be coming in 7 to 8 months from now!

    • BLouw profile image

      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      I love the idea of a tropical Christmas theme - wonder if it could be extended to the lunch.

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      Niagara Ghosts 

      5 years ago

      These are lovely!

    • CrossCreations profile image

      Carolan Ross 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      LOVE the idea of a tropical Christmas!

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I always wanted to spend Christmas somewhere warm and sunny. Just for change:)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Back to check these out for the holidays.

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Christmas in Hawaii at home!! :)

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      5 years ago

      Great ideas for Xmas décor!

    • veronicatarantino profile image


      5 years ago

      Ohhh a christmas palm tree .. I didn't even know this existed

      love the lens

    • choosehappy profile image


      6 years ago from US

      Christmas Gifts with a beach theme...I'm ALL in ;)

    • Petzard profile image


      6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: You're so right; it's nice to see something different for Christmas.

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      6 years ago

      I could see myself having a regular Christmas tree with all tropical ornaments. That would be cool! Love these tropical Christmas decorations!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      These are such unique ideas. Love it!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm with KonaCoffeeBuzz - I'd love to have a Hawaiian Christmas!

    • konacoffeeaddicts profile image


      6 years ago

      I'd love to have a Hawaiian Christmas this year. We'll see if I can make it happen!


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