A white Christmas might sound better if the whiteness on the ground is powdery sand. That’s how the Space Coast celebrates the holiday season.
You can see the sunny spin on the holidays in the local art. Space Coast card-maker, Concertina Press, creates holiday cards featuring Rudolph the red-nosed seahorse, and a quirky crab holding a mistletoe.
Or decorate your December dinner table with a collection of decorative balls and starfish from Rehab Vintage Market in Melbourne.
Seahorse reindeer holiday card by Space Coast card-maker Concertina Press — Photo courtesy of Concertina Press
As the weather cools off and the ground freezes, a vacation to the beaches of Florida might be just what you need to push through the winter. But pack an extra suitcase; while you’re there, you can stock up on all of your holiday shopping and bring some of that sunshine back home with you.
Cheer up your kids’ bathroom with a surfboard-shaped rug from Ron Jon Surf Shop. Wine-lovers will get a kick out of the surfboard wine bottle holder, made to order by Surf Life Designs.
If wearable art is where your heart is, pick up some shiny earrings from Sunmetal Jewelry at December’s Cracker Christmas at the Fort Christmas Historical Park in (Where else?) Christmas, Florida. Or get a hand-painted silk scarf, made by Cocoa Beach artist Toni Giovino.
Giovino used to volunteer with sea turtle research and education, so it’s no surprise that the subject of many of her beautiful products is sea turtles. Each one-of-a-kind scarf is signed.
Find Giovino’s scarves, as well as other hand-painted products, in various galleries and shops throughout the Space Coast, including the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Melbourne Beach. So you can educate yourself about Florida’s wildlife, learn how you can help the sea turtles and leave with a unique gift that you or your loved ones can wear every day, as a reminder.
A gift with multiple purposes – supporting local artists, the wildlife and fashion? Now that’s a good gift.
While on the Space Coast, make sure you visit Cocoa Village, our favorite shopping district and a great place to score local finds and crafts. Get a true taste for the artistic community here, and take home an authentic piece of the Space Coast.
These gifts sure beat a lump of coal!