Christmas Along the Coast

Winter along the coast can be very different from a Norman Rockwell Christmas card.  The climate doesn’t always lend itself to white, fluffy snow falls and cold weather plus humidity doesn’t usually form icicles on the house.  Bah, humbug!  Spice up your season with a few fun ideas.

Who’d have thought to make a Christmas tree out of a series of stacked lobster pots?  These trees don’t need to be watered and you’ll seldom find them tipped over.  Lobster pot Christmas trees are the ultimate in the green movement.  Their color is green, true, but when the season is over they’ll be recycled for use in catching our favorite crustaceans!

If you’re running shy on tree stands a skiff will do just fine.  With ice flows in the harbor the odds are good that you won’t be cruising any time soon, so why not?

A Christmas tree made from old oars……the blades and the handles can be cut to fit.  This one was from a shop not too far away and cost a pretty penny.  Most folks in our community have garages full of old oars, and you’ll do them a favor by hauling ‘em away.

Combing the beaches is a perfect way to find pieces of driftwood.  What to do with the scrap wood?  Make a tree topper of course!

And last but not least, sea shells, sand dollars, and dried sea stars make for great ornaments.  I think that next year we’ll repaint some old plugs.  They’ll be easy to hang….

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at or at