Christmas in July 101

Christmas is a fantastic holiday, and a favorite time of year for many. A lot of people, especially children, wish that it came around more than once a year. Christmas day will only ever be on December 25th, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience that holiday joy more often. If you celebrate Christmas in July, you and your kids can have winter fun in the summer sun. Here are a few ways to celebrate.

One way to celebrate is to throw a Christmas party in July with family and friends. Summer is the perfect opportunity to party, and adding in a little holiday season joy will only make it more fun. For food, you can have eggnog, iced hot chocolate, hot dogs with cranberry sauce on the side, or peppermint shaved ice. You can also set up a side table for the kids to make their own desserts. They’ll love making smores gingerbread houses, or mini shaved ice snowmen they can decorate with sliced fruit. Both options make for a great treat when they finish making them. There are a ton of fun winter themed games you can play in summer. If you live near the beach or a desert, you can have everyone try sand sledding. Alternatively, you can have a tree decorating competition in your backyard, but use palm trees instead of pine trees. If you don’t have any live trees to decorate, you can also pick up a couple inflatable palm trees to use instead. Everyone will have so much fun at your Christmas party in July!

While you’re celebrating Christmas in July, you may also want to start thinking about Christmas and holiday cards. It may seem a bit early, but if you get your holiday cards ready now, you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the busy holiday season. Plus, with perfect sunny weather, you’ll be able to take amazing outdoor family photos. Or you can use some of the pictures from your summer vacation in your holiday cards. Once you’ve got your photos picked out, you’ll need to find holiday card designs you love. Basic Invite has a ton of options, you’ll definitely find the perfect card. All of their designs are customizable, so you can make sure the color scheme and font styles are just right. Their christmas cards and holiday party invitations are super cute. Check them out!

If you’re celebrating Christmas in July with kids, you’ll also want to make sure you remind them of the true meaning of the holiday season. While the holidays are fun, they are also a time to think of others and give back to your community. Ask your kids what volunteer activities they want to do to celebrate Christmas this summer. A few options are picking up trash at your local park, fundraising money to donate to an important cause, or spending time with an eldery neighbor or family member. Older kids can also try volunteering at an animal shelter, or working with a local organization to mentor younger children. Decide as a family how many hours in July you want to dedicate to service. If everyone does their part, you can do a small gift exchange as a family to finish out your summery Christmas plans.

However you decide to celebrate, I hope your Christmas in July is wonderful. Have fun doing service, getting a jump on holiday cards, and partying with your loved ones. Merry Christmas in July!

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