Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight! Well, July is almost over so I figured I’d jump into the Christmas in July fun before August arrives! Normally, I don’t even acknowledge any kind of Christmas in Summer celebrations but my husband is cranking up the air conditioner so high that it feels like Christmas! Haha… Actually, I thought I’d help you get a start on holiday planning. So, grab a hot chocolate (or an iced tea) and enjoy all the Xmas in July ideas! Whether you’re celebrating the holiday now, or gathering inspiration for later, I’ve got you covered. Happy Christmas in July to you!
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Is Christmas in July Really a Thing?
Yes, some people actually celebrate Christmas in July during the month (or around July 25th). Though, some of us use the month of July to start planning for the holiday season. For retailers, it’s a great time to offer sales to get people shopping mid summer!
Origins of Christmas in July:
According to Southern Living, Christmas in July started back in 1933 at a summer camp for girls in North Carolina. To get all the details, read the story here. For more fun facts and to learn the differences between how the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere celebrate Christmas in July, read the Wikipedia recap here.
Ways to Acknowledge Christmas in July:
Personally, I don’t celebrate or decorate for this midsummer celebration..so don’t expect any Christmas cards from me in July! Celebrating Christmas in summer just seems too much for me. After all, I’ve barely packed away my decorations from last year! Ha! When my kids were little, we spotted Santa Claus on the beach one July. Apparently, my kids didn’t like the idea of Christmas in the summer because my younger son started crying! Santa in July didn’t go over well…
Even though though I don’t put on a Santa hat and string Christmas lights around in July, I like the idea of starting a to-do list. As we all know, the Christmas season will be here before we know it!
Here are a few more ways to celebrate Christmas in July:
- Take family pictures for your holiday cards.
- Watch a few Christmas movies (since the Hallmark channel usually plays them in July).
- Shop July sales for early Christmas presents.
- Host a July celebration with a Christmas theme for all your Christmas obsessed friends.
- Decorate…if you must! To keep it subtle, here are some simple vase filler ideas.
Happy Christmas in July Decorating Inspiration:
Christmas Decorations from a Designer Showhouse…
If you want to start planning your Christmas decor now, I’ve got some ideas for you. Back in May, I visited the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse in Mendham, New Jersey. One of the rooms on the tour, designed by Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, was fully decked out in a Christmas ski lodge theme!
This space, named “Moor and Mountain”, captured the rustic cabin feel of holidays in the mountains.
Throughout the room, the designer incorporated traditional red and green Christmas decor…with plenty of rustic elements.
Apparently, there are 750 crystal icicles on this Christmas tree! Now, there’s an idea to plan for this Christmas! (Although, you’ll have to start hanging them now…)
If this room doesn’t put you in the mood for Christmas, I don’t know what will!
For more photos of this cozy room, visit the designer’s instagram page!
Plan Ahead for this Christmas Season:
Rather than actually decorate for Christmas, use the summer season to plan for the upcoming Christmas season. After all, you have 6 months to decide how you’ll decorate your home. Will you decorate with neutral colors this year? Or, will you stick to the traditional Christmas colors you always use?
One year, I decorated my kitchen with red and blue for Christmas! Since I already had many of my blue and white porcelain on display, decorating for Christmas was easy!
Besides planning your Christmas decor, here are 5 things you can do now to make next Christmas easier.
Christmas in July Shopping:
Before they sell out, shop now for Christmas in July deals on artificial Christmas trees!
This garland is just one of the many current Christmas in July deals going on!
If you want to start out with a basic wreath you can dress up as the holidays get closer, this pretty wreath is a great deal!
Instead of waiting for December to read a Christmas novel, relax on the beach with a charming Christmas book like Christmas in Peachtree Bluff.
For even more Christmas in July ideas, here are some great finds from around the internet.
- Get creative with some Christmas in July crafts from this list of 27!
- For some Christmas in July activities, here are some family friendly ideas!
- To start planning your Christmas flowers and plants, read these helpful tips!
- Say Cheers to Christmas in July with these cocktail recipes!
Happy Christmas in July to you! Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas to celebrate now, or plan for this Christmas.
While you’re in the Merry Christmas mood, don’t miss these blog posts:
- To see how I decorated my home last Christmas, take the tour here!
- If you plan to entertain over the holiday season, consider setting up a Christmas coffee station.
- While you have time, start making DIY Christmas decorations.
- For more ways to get ready for Christmas, read: Planning for the Holidays.
*And if you missed my last Saturday Spotlight, be sure to read – Backyard Picnic Ideas!
What are your thoughts about Christmas in July?
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