Monday, December 12, 2016

Reflections of the Sea Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments from the Seashore

From the Gulf Coast of Florida to the Central Coast of California to the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia, we've celebrated Christmas near the 'Sea' over many a year. As a result, our Christmas Ornaments have gradually gravitated toward items that reflect and remind us of the seashore. We have seagulls and shells, lighthouses and ships, and a 'colorful' crab. Here I share some of my favorite 'Reflections of the Sea' ornaments that I use on my Christmas Tree each year.

Throughout this page I've included a variety of seashell holiday ornaments and other related ornaments that reflect life at the seashore. Perhaps there is one or two that would fit in with your Christmas Tree ornament collection, whether you live near the seashore or just love 'all things about the Sea'.

*All pictures on this page are personal photos by Wednesday-Elf, unless otherwise noted.

The Tybee Island (GA) Lighthouse and Our Lighthouse Ornaments


Tybee Island Lighthouse and Lighthouse Ornaments

Living Near a Lighthouse on Tybee Island...

Lighthouses have long fascinated people, and visitors to Lighthouse locations number in the thousands every year. We were lucky enough to spend 13 years living on Tybee Island, Georgia and the Tybee Lighthouse became a favorite of ours.

Naturally, collecting lighthouse ornaments to add to our "Sea" ornament collection was a 'given', especially after our daughter was married at the Tybee Lighthouse two days before Christmas in 1994!

Cute Crab Ornaments on the Christmas Tree...


One of our favorite seashore memories of Tybee Island, Georgia was eating at a restaurant named "The Crab Shack" (where the elite eat in their bare feet).   

To remind us of those fun times, and the Atlantic Ocean we loved around the island, we acquired this fun 'Crab' ornament.

Blue Crab Ornament


This "Blue Crab" Ornament will make a unique addition to your sea-theme Christmas tree

If your favorite 'coastal' area is the Chesapeake Bay at the Atlantic Ocean, you are probably a big fan of the Maryland Blue Crab (as my son is). This 'Blue Crab' ornament will be a fun reminder of the delicious blue crabs you've enjoyed in the past.

If you are interested in learning more about the Blue Crab, this Blue Crab Informational Site is an interesting read. It even has recipes for your enjoyment.

Clam Shell with Pearl


Then we added a pretty little clam shell with a pearl inside.

We See Seashells by the Seashore

Walking on the beach and finding 'shells' is a favorite pastime of anyone who lives near the ocean, or visits on vacation. Over the years we collected quite a few shells on the beach, and seashell Christmas ornaments for our Tree and home decorations. These two are of a lacy-looking gold color and they look lovely hanging on the Christmas tree.

Seashells, Starfish & Beach Glass Ornament

This colorful collection of seashells and other beach life makes a beautiful ornament for your ocean-themed Christmas tree.

It's also a lovely addition to a beach house decor.

Seagulls along the Shore - My very favorite ornament

Seagulls and the seashore go together, so naturally we had to have a "Seagull" ornament for our "Reflections of the Sea" theme.

Seagulls also soar around fishing vessels and 'ships at sea', a constant reminder of the sea.

Continue Your Nautical Theme

Down to the Sea in Ships...

Cruise Ship Ornaments
Ship themed ornaments are a fun reminder of the Sea, and a cruise ship ornament is perfect to remember a past cruise or look forward to one. On a cold winter day, the thought of a cruise to a tropical island warms you right up!

Bring the 'Seashore' to your Home for Christmas

Since we lived near the seashore for so many years, our Christmas Cards were often photos of our children with the ocean in the background. Below is one of my favorites, taken Christmas 1976 on the Breakwater at Morro Rock on the California Central Coast.

Christmas by the Seashore...

"Christmas on the California Central Coast" - 1976

May you all have a joyous Christmas Season

© 2009 Wednesday-Elf.  Updated 8/23/2018

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  1. I'm sure your Reflections of the Sea Christmas tree is beautiful and the ornaments bring back lots of wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing your ornaments and a great suggestion for a themed tree!

    1. We love our sea-themed ornaments, Susan. We used to have a lot of different ornaments, but most belonged to our children. When they grew up and had their own homes and families, they each took their ornaments with them (which is as it should be). So our sea-theme began when we retired to the seaside! :)

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I like the blue crab ornament too. :)

  3. I've never had a thematic tree. Never thought of it. Mine was a memory tree, though, with lots of ornaments handmade by people I loved. I love that seashell ornament. And that rock does look familiar. I've never been on it -- just seen it frm a distance. How do you get to the rock? By boat?

    1. Barbara, you can drive out to Morro Rock from Morro Bay waterfront. There are places to park out there. The breakwater extends out from the rock and was built to protect the bay and to keep the town from flooding during storms. Our Christmas picture was taken on the breakwater at Morro Rock.

  4. I really like the crab ornament, of course I am a "Crab" being born in July. So that one makes perfect sense to me......

    1. The crab ornament is cute, Olivia. Glad you enjoyed seeing my seaside ornaments.

  5. That red crab ornament is adorable!

  6. All of the seashore ornaments are beautiful, but I especially love the lighthouse ornaments. I have never seen a clam shell with it's pearl as an ornament before. What a unique and lovely ornament.

    1. We found the clam shell with pearl ornament at the Tybee Island Lighthouse gift shop years ago, mouse. I love finding unusual and unique (seashore) ornaments for my themed tree.