Polynesian Christmas: Deck the Palms


In the islands you make do with what you have. Yes, plastic Christmas trees are available in stores. But it is also possible to have some fun and keep on theme.

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Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.

String some lights and hang some ornaments on the palm tree outside -if you’re in a tropical climate, or inside -if like me the weather outside is too frightful for such a delicate beauty.

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By the time this post went live this palm had already been redecorated. Too much fun!

Are you looking for other options for a tropical vibe?

Decorate your tree with flowers.

Maybe you could use leis as garland.

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From a hotel lobby on Kauai last year.

Or if you had a bucketload of time you could carefully place each individual flower as in the gorgeous photo below.

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From Design Love Fest

We will talk more about this later, but you can always take a tropical feel with fun ornaments.

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I believe this tree was decorated by an elementary school. There’s nothing fancy about pipe cleaners, usually, but aren’t those flowers beautiful? And that crab is just about the cutest thing.

For a non-traditional look, string lights around your surfboard. But maybe your spare board because who wants to miss out on surfing just for the sake of decor? No surfer I know would make that sacrifice.

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From S Chuk

Or fill your home with sand. Just kidding. Please don’t.

Whatever you do, have fun! Don’t take yourself too seriously.

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This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

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