We don’t get a lot of snow in these parts. And Santa Claus’ mode of transportation is more likely to be water skis than a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Christmas on the upper Texas coast has its own particular traditions. We string festive lights on boats and palm trees and occasionally build a “snowman” out of sand. Some of us also find some comfort and joy in sending frostbitten friends and relatives greeting cards with balmy scenes of beach life in December. It’s all in good fun, of course.
In this issue, we celebrate our holiday traditions and even offer tips on how to create your own very coastal Christmas. Food stylist Alicia Cahill also offers a tropical twist on Christmas cookies. And for many Texans, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without tamales. Coast Monthly writer Shannon Daughtry introduces us to one Tiki Island resident who graciously shares a tamale recipe that’s been passed down for generations in her family.
One of my favorite features in this issue is “Feedback,” in which readers shared memories of their favorite Christmas presents. You’ll also find a story about islander Joe Cerdas, one of the best stand-up paddle boarders in the nation. And you’ll find a feature on a beautifully restored historic home and stunning photos submitted by staff and readers along with much more.
We wish you a very merry coastal Christmas.
Coast Monthly Editor
Coast Monthly staff would like to extend a special thanks to San Leon residents Dr. Mike Magliolo and wife, Diane, who graciously allowed the use of their pier for one of our photo shoots. Mike Magliolo, upon learning our theme was “red” also generously supplied us with the use of his stunning 1955 Ford Thunderbird to help set the scene. The magnificent car, in beautiful condition, was built March 21, 1954.
We’d also like to thank Seal Grief and daughter Ginger Herter of Strand Brass, 2115 Strand in the island’s downtown, for the beautifully wrapped box for our Feedback feature.