Shells in Christmas Decorations

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

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Sea shells may not seem like a traditional Christmas decoration, but they certainly can be lovely ones.

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December 13, 2015 CW 153

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Shells are commonplace for those of us who live near the coast; especially those shells left from a meal of oysters, clams, or scallops.  These wreathes on display now in Colonial Williamsburg feature shells as an important part of their design.

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December 13, 2015 CW 151

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We’ve probably all seen scallop shells transformed into angelic tree ornaments and white starfish hung from ribbons.  The della robbia wreathes at Colonial Williamsburg incorporate many surprising and commonplace materials, including shells, dried flowers, fruits, vegetables, vines, cotton, seed pods, nuts, cones and berries, as well as evergreen stems and leaves.

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This wreath hangs at Chowning's Tavern, in Colonial Williamsburg.

This wreath hangs at Chowning’s Tavern, in Colonial Williamsburg.

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These are unusual and playful decorations for the Christmas season.

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December 15, 2015 vase 001

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I used shells and pearls in  decorations for a ladies’ luncheon earlier today.

My ‘vase’ held branches pruned from our Mountain Laurel shrubs, dusted with gold; ‘flowers’ made from Lotus pods; white seashells; and sprays of fresh Magnolia.

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December 15, 2015 vase 004

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Carved wooden birds perched in the branches of the arrangement.  Several of the small Christmas trees on the tables were made entirely from shells and pearls.

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December 15, 2015 vase 006

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Christmas decorating is far more fun when we can take a light and playful attitude. It is fine to change things out a bit year to year, trying out new ideas and revising old ones.

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Another Colonial Williamsburg wreath.

Another Colonial Williamsburg wreath.

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This is especially true in the fabulous wreathes which come from the  CW workshops each year.   Walking the old city streets each December is an adventure, as new and creative designs manifest year after year.

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December 13, 2015 CW 017

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Woodland Gnome 2015

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4 responses to “Shells in Christmas Decorations

  1. Your centerpieces are marvelous, I’m sure you got a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ 🙂 I esp. thought the gilding was an inspired touch. As are the CW wreaths, they certainly have some talented florists!

    • Thank you, Eliza. It was a fun afternoon with good friends. Yes, everyone enjoyed the decor, the wine, the wonderful food, and the good company. We had bright sunshine and enjoyed the view of the water. Oh, that all December days were so lovely! Hugs, WG

  2. A local artist makes porcelain angels with scallop shell skirts. I have a nice collection of them and they are my favorite ornaments. You created wonderful atmosphere for your luncheon.

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