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Sharon Kreitzer takes decorating to extreme

Home filled to overflowing with beach-themed trees, Santas
By Ron MacArthur | Dec 28, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur These are the largest Santas in Sharon Kreitzer's extensive collection.

Most people decorate for the Christmas holiday, but few go as extreme as Sharon Kreitzer, who lives near Lewes.

 

Not only does it take her several weeks to transform her home into a winter wonderland, she maintains a strict beach-related theme in each room. Not just any Santa or tree will do; it has to be tied to the shore in some way.

 

She has a flip-flop tree, Reboboth Beach tree, shells tree, dolphin tree and beach-themed party tree. Also on display are snow globes, nativity scenes, angels, reindeer and snowmen. But what Kreitzer is most proud of is her extensive beach-themed Santa Claus collection that includes dozens upon dozens of the Jolly Elf in various sizes and shapes.

 

She started her collection in the 1990s and keeps adding to it when she finds another beach-related ornament or Santa.

 

Kreitzer also helps spread Christmas cheer as a member of the Tapsations performing group.

 

This flip-flop tree is one of 20 with a beach theme. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
This Santa chills out at the beach by reading the newspaper. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Colorful parrots cover this party-themed tree in the sunroom. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
This is just one table of Santa collectibles. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Small Santa ornaments cover this tree with Rehoboth Beach theme, including a Dolle's popcorn box. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Santa-capped dolphins cover a bed in a guest room. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A tree with an ocean theme is covered with shell ornaments. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Santa shares some beach goodies with a seagull. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
One of Sharon Kreitzer's trees contains a collection of Precious Moments ornaments. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
This Santa is decorating a palm tree. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sharon Kreitzer looks forward to Christmas every year so she can deck the halls with her holiday collections. (Photo by: Daren Criswell)
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