Generally, July is too early for most people to think about Christmas.
I imagine the phrase “Christmas in July” was coined by a stir-crazy mom, with a house full of kids and she was looking for a creative way to entertain them. After hearing complaints all summer of boredom and the children having nothing “fun” to do, she remembered a threat that had always worked in the past and she yelled out, “Wait ’til Santa hears how you have behaved this summer!”
That was her “A-ha” moment. Suddenly, visions of sugar-plums danced in her head as she put together a simple plan to celebrate Christmas in July.
Ok, I am pretty sure that Christmas in July didn’t happen that way- but as the hot summer days drag on, I can’t help but think that Christmas twice a year sounds nice! Now, I am not thinking your typical Christmas celebrations with Ugly Sweater Contests and Hot Chocolate Bars. This year, we are going to celebrate Christmas in July with a week of tropical crafts, food, games, and end with a Christmas party! Because Christmas is the season for giving, I’ve also made sure to include a week’s worth of charity and service projects. I know what you’re thinking: “Who has the time for that?” Ok, I hear ya! I am totally the overachieving, Pinterest mom here but I like to keep things fun and simple! I will merrily give you all the deets on how you can celebrate Christmas in July, too!
Deck the Halls (Decor)
There’s no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than with the most majestic of the Christmas decor- a beautiful, twinkling tree. My Floridian friends with your little potted palm trees and cacti are in luck because once you throw some festive lights on that tree, you can call it Christmas in July decor! No worries if you don’t own any tropical trees- just pull out your artificial Christmas tree, add lights and tropical flowers! Probably the coolest and easiest way to decorate is with a festive pineapple! You heard me right- Decorate a pineapple!
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas (Crafts)
I like to plan crafts that the kids and I can do together. In order to make things simple, let’s make your crafts part of your decor! I’ve picked out a few easy tropical ornaments and flipflop garland from Pinterest. Some of my favorites are candy cane flamingos, painted seashells, and pineapple pinecones. If you wanted to get a jumpstart on gifts- this is a great time to start DIY gifts and store until the holidays!
Tiding of Comfort and Joy (Charity and Service)
Christmas in July is a great opportunity to teach our kids that Christmas joy comes from giving. Think off all the ways you could spread joy this week! Ask your children to gather up their old toys to donate. Bake cookies for service people and deliver them with this printable note from Pinterest. Make cards for the sick or for family that you don’t see very often to let them know that you are thinking about them. Bring dinner to a family with a new baby or give a gift card to a family who is struggling to help with school supplies.
Reindeer Games (Games and Activities)
Pinterest can help you come up with a whole list of ways to celebrate Christmas in July. Usually, we only listen to Christmas carols for about a month and we only watch Christmas movies in December (maybe twice during the holidays). Christmas in July gives you an excuse to crank up the Christmas tunes and get cozy on the couch with a great holiday movie. You can curl up with your family and read favorite Christmas books. You can also have a snowball fight (with water balloons) and or play Snowman Slam.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Party)
If you are feeling exceptionally festive, invite your friends over for a tropical Christmas celebration. We’ve covered simple decorations and activities above. Now, make a DIY photo booth for guest selfies with a blue plastic tablecloth and tape paper snowflakes on it. Grill up some hamburgers and hotdogs or serve up Reindeer Sloppy Joes, along with watermelon Christmas trees, or Grinch Punch. You can even have a frozen hot chocolate bar! Instead of an ugly sweater contest, you can do a best T-shirt contest where the winner takes home the “Golden Pineapple” (a regular ol’ pineapple to enjoy at home). Host a gift exchange or have guest bring in school supplies to donate to a Back to School Drive.
When the party is over, send your guests home with a homemade ornament that you made earlier in the week!
I hope this fun and simple plan I’ve put together helps you and your family celebrate Christmas in July and gives you all the warm fuzzies for the upcoming holidays. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
For even more ideas and printables check out my Christmas in July Pinterest board!