Merry Christmas!

In downtown historical Cambridge, it has become tradition each year to erect a 20-foot tall Christmas tree to celebrate Dorchester County’s waterman culture.

This is not just an ordinary Christmas tree.

This Christmas tree is made from approximately 200 crab baskets that were used the past summer by local seafood companies, and is adorned with repurposed buoys, red ribbons, and lights.

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Cambridge Crab Basket Christmas Tree – December 2018


I wanted to take a night photo to also share, but with too much going on, I put it off and have run out of time, so I’ll opt for a photo courtesy Dorchester County Office of Tourism, just to show you how pretty it is at night.


(photo courtesy of DorchesterΒ County Office of Tourism)

Once the holiday season is over, the tree will be disassembled and the baskets will go back in storage for next summer’s use when they’ll be brimming with Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Eastern Shore Maryland-style!


58 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

    • It doesn’t compete in exceptional beauty but is a wonderful tribute to the watermen that have labored the surrounding waters since the 1600s. 😊 Warm wishes to you and yours, Suzanne!

    • It was first erected in 2014 as another way to honor the watermen who have labored the local waters since the 1600s. It has become a huge success since, being duplicated in other communities around the Chesapeake Bay.

      Warm wishes to you and yours from the East! 😊

    • It is pretty special around here, the big lighting early December. Definitely a different take, lol, but it does give tribute to the region’s watermen who have labored the local Chesapeake Bay waters since the 1600s.

      Warm wishes to you too, Jane!

    • The oldest working crab processing plant in the world, The J. M. Clayton Company, resides here in Cambridge, still run by the same family since 1890. When you go over to that side of town in the summer, you can smell the crabs steaming in Old Bay. OMGosh, I love that smell, and love eating them even more. πŸ™‚

  1. What a delightful tradition!
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas! Hard to believe this one came around so fast.

      • I think holidays are for kids. We preferred the peace and quiet this year and we’ll save the excitement for the next trip north to see the grandkids. Good to hear you had a extra-special time of it.

  2. Merry Christmas, Donna! I love the tree! Oh how having a few days off makes me think I can do anything, go anywhere…thanks for taking me to the Eastern Seaboard where I have regretfully never been, but maybe, just maybe… I can envision a crab bucket list.

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