Christmas in the Caribbean is one dreamy delight of our beachy lifestyle. With our Christmas plans up in the air, I embarked on creating a coastal Christmas on Isla. And then, staying true to our love of Mexico with its colorful lure, our Texas decor had to be Feliz Navidad y’all!! I reflected on a tradition, brought to Mexico by the Spanish and now an important form of Mexican folk art… vibrant-colored tissue paper flowers... to adorn our Texas mantle. The papier-mache’ colorful longhorn was created in Mexico and purchased in Round Top this fall. Embroidered stockings were custom made in Isla and monogrammed in Texas. Inside and out, we celebrate the season with all of the brilliant colors we love, that take us back to our island home.
Our Isla tree was designed using locally bought Christmas ornaments (colorful ornaments and glittery reindeer)… but with the added embellishment of local shells and encrusted sand. I truly enjoy embellishing everything and leaving it more interesting than I found it!! The beach tree photo was taken on the bay side of the island (we live on the Caribbean side), because I wanted the allure of the pangas (fishing boats) in the background. I also brought along two shell creations, Mundaca and Lola, to hold court under the tree. A vintage suitcase holds an array of purchased sea finds on the island.
So whether we get sand between our toes or hope for a snowflake on the range, the stage is set to enjoy the mysteries of the sea or the traditions of the Mexican culture. MERRY CHRISTMAS and FELIZ NAVIDAD y’all, as we remember that JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON…. Elaine