I will be celebrating the holidays, Florida style, next year. At least that is what I am hoping. For now I am gearing up for snow and ice and a long, cold winter here in New England. But, my mind is in the tropics as I create new products for my Holiday Store at Zazzle.
All store owners begin planning for the holidays long before customers even realize that Christmas is approaching. November and December are big sales months, and early shoppers may even finish shopping in October. Does anyone shop earlier than that?
Having a long background of celebrating holidays in a warm climate, I always think back to how it was on Thanksgiving and Christmas at my southern home. Windows were open, which was a nice change from the air-conditioning, and we could enjoy a dip in the humidity. Most of our holidays were spent outside. Often we would go to the beach, or take a boat ride.
Decorating the house was just as much fun, and we always threw a few tropical ornaments onto the Christmas tree. None of ours were personalized, like the ones you’ll find in my store, but they were usually made from real seashells.
Although the items I sell do not contain real shells, the images are of the most popular beach treasures. Sand dollars and starfish are tops on most beachcombers list of awesome “shells” to find. My holiday store also contains wrapping paper, Christmas cards and business greetings that have this same type of theme.
This will be my 9th year working at Zazzle and things have changed a lot over the years. I’ve tried to build up a brand of tropical products, as that is what I love making. Please click any of the links here and let me know what you think. I’d love feedback from people who keep the ocean and beaches close to their hearts.