Polynesian Christmas: Decorate Your Tree Island Style


The first Hawaiian ornament we received was a gift from my inlaws for our first or second Christmas. This egg is covered with delicate little feathers and comes from the island of Kauai. We have been very careful with this precious prize and it has survived nearly twenty years of love and cross country moves.

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We have several special ornaments on our tree that remind us of our time in the islands.

More recently we picked up this glass float. Japanese fishermen used glass floats for years. Sometimes the nets would break and the floats would scatter. Sometimes the floats would break, sometimes they would wash up on shore, thousands of miles away. The latter is what happened with ours. Now re-tied in net and hanging from our tree, I love the way it catches the light. I also find charming the idea that something so heavy can float.

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This one is for the kids. We can’t go to Hawaii without our daily ration of shave ice, so we thought it only fitting that our tree receive a ration as well.

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I shared this photo in a previous post. If I recall this tree was decorated by some elementary students in Hawaii. I typically think of pipe cleaners as a rudimentary craft material. However, those flowers are even prettier in real life, and that crab is just about the cutest thing I’ve seen on a tree.

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In other words, you really can use anything you want to give your tree a tropical feel.

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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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