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“Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you.”  In Hawaii Christmas consists of 80 degree weather and surf instead of snow. Not a bad way to spend the holidays!

On the mainland it’s easy to incorporate the aloha spirit into your own Christmas decorating.  I like to use traditional patterned Hawaiian fabric to sew Christmas stockings. They add an unexpected brightness of color and make the holidays even more joyful.

Ornaments are a great way to bring the islands into your holiday traditions. I add colorful fish that seem  to ‘swim’ around the lights in the tree.
A friendly honu (turtle) is a symbol of peace and good luck.

And of course what Hawaiian tree would be complete without a pair of rainbow Hawaiian ‘slippahs’!

Other ways to imbue the Aloha spirit at Christmas is to add Hawaiian flowers to wreaths and garlands, wear festive red and green Aloha shirts and there are plenty of Hawaiian Christmas songs to listen to from slack key instrumentals to Bing Crosby’s own version of Mele Kalikimaka.

Even if you live in the coldest part of the country, Hawaiian traditions will warm your spirit for the holidays. Mele Kalikimaka!