Polynesian Christmas: Leis for All Occasions


Graduating? Get leis.
Getting married? Leis.
Birthday? Leis.
Celebrating anything? Leis.

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Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Basically any reason to celebrate is reason enough for a lei.

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Image by Carrie Chan from Pixabay

Perhaps you think of leis as floral. You’d be right because certainly that’s how they began. And one could easily assume that with nature’s endless variety a floral lei is all a person could need.

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Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

However human creativity always finds more options.

Ti leaf leis:

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Maile Style Ti Leaf Lei from Aloha Lei Shop

Shell leis:

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Source

Nut leis:

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Source

Candy leis:

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Candy leis from Ula Lole on Poshmark.
Incidentally, ula lole literally means candy lei in Samoan.

Money leis:

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Medallion lei from Miguel’s Treasures on etsy

Ribbon leis:

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Source with tutorial

And cheap plastic leis made in China:

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Image by Brett Hondow from Pixabay

Whatever your pleasure, a lei makes a celebration even more fun. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Mrs. Claus will take time this year to make candy leis with the kids’ stocking stuffers. At the very least it should slow down the rate of consumption, right? Wish me luck. I mean Mrs. Claus.

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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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