Maryland Blogger: Painted Sand Dollar Ornament on Our Christmas Tree

Painted Sand Dollar Ornament on Our Christmas Tree

Painted Sand Dollar Ornament on Our Christmas Tree


I hope you have found sand dollars during your walks on the beach. They are always fun to discover. This painted sand dollar ornament is on our Christmas tree. 


The term sand dollar refers to species of extremely flattened, burrowing sea urchins belonging to the order Clypeasteroida.


Subhash Sharma  Many people have seen sand dollars wash up on the beach, a pretty white shell with a stunning star shape stamped on one side. When they're alive, they're actually a purple colour and covered in tiny flexible bristles. When they die, their skeletons get bleached by the sun, turning them white, and the small spines fade away. The familiar star pattern seen clearly on the bleached shell is more hidden when they're alive. "People thought the skeletal remains (called the test) resembled silver coin currency, which is how the name 'sand dollar' came about," according to the Sanibel Sea School in Florida.
Mr. Sharma is a Facebook friend who lives in Ireland. He frequently comments on my photographs as I post them on Facebook. 



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Photograph by Roy Kelley
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Comment balloon 8 commentsRoy Kelley • December 24 2019 05:49PM


That's a really cool ornament, Roy.  I hope you and Dolores have a Merry Christmas.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

An image of a sand dollar on the beach...

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

Lovely ornament. I enjoy finding sand dollars on the beach when I stroll along, but have never seen a live one. Merry Christmas to you and Dolores.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 9 months ago

That is beautiful, thank you for sharing your sand dollar ornament. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 9 months ago


I have a collection of sand dollars that I have collected over the years.  Each one is perfect.  They do come out on full moon days here. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Happy Christmas Eve, Roy Kelley !  I remember seeing a picture of your Christmas tree last year, I believe.  It was beautiful as is the sand dollar ornament.  Precious!!

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 9 months ago

Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago