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(Coastal Christmas - Day 19} Old Fashioned Christmas Displays

Just envision...reindeer; windows full of Christmas wonder; bells with hand painted details; and  lighted snowflakes on the street lights.  Sounds like an old fashioned Christmas doesn't it?

Welcome to our neck of the woods at Christmas! We finished up our Christmas shopping last week and took some snapshots of favorite Christmas decorations around our local coastal towns. One of our favorite things about coastal life is the simplicity which still exists in the communities around us.  Driving around looking at decorations reminds me of being a kid when everything seemed more magical and this activity is still one of my favorite things to do.

Columbia River pilot boat decorated for Christmas. 

Painted reindeer display in Astoria, Oregon

Nutcracker graces this downtown window.

Evergreen garland, lights and red bells with bows are hung over downtown Astoria each Christmas.

Some favorite stores...

Big red Christmas bells!
Crab Pot Christmas Tree in Ilwaco, Washington

Cottage Bakery in Long Beach Washington

Downtown Long Beach is all decorated for the Holidays.

Magical Snowflakes and colored lights decorate each light post in town!

Santa is ready for Christmas - Holiday display at Dennis Co. in Long Beach, Washington
Ocean Park, Washington Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays! See you tomorrow.

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  1. Love it! That's my favorite thing to do around Christmas too. I meander around looking at Christmas lights & decorations. The boats are the best.

  2. Thanks for sharing.. It is so much fun isn't it? Have a wonderful Christmas Marie! {{ Hugs}}


  3. so cute!! your area looks like a fun place to be. i love all the old buildings covered in lights.

  4. Agree with your sentiments about simplicity of the coastal communities where we live in SW WA and Oregon coast. One of the things I most look forward to at holiday time is driving to nearby communities to enjoy exactly that - the magic of yesteryear in the simplicity of what the communities offer as holiday celebrations.

  5. This brings back so many wonderful memories for me! Astoria, Long Beach, and Ilwaco are our old stomping grounds! This is the area we vacationed in many times while we lived in Idaho. Thank you! and Merry Christmas!

  6. So glad you are all enjoying this post...and happy to hear it has stirred up some nice memories :O)

    Happy Holidays!

  7. Fantastic, budget cuts and apathy have stolen so much from our community....I love this.


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