It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We might not have chestnuts roasting on an open fire or Jack Frost nipping at our noses, but we have hotdogs roasting on an open barbeque and sunscreen covering up our noses! The real Christmas may be far away, but it’s never too early to start spreading the holiday cheer. Fan yourself with some mistletoe and have a fabulous Christmas in July!
5. Decorate a Christmas in July Tree. Unlike the wintery evergreen, a Christmas-in-July tree can be any plant you have growing out in the sun this summer. Whether you use a tomato plant, a cactus, or a palm tree, you can decorate your plant with tinsel and homemade decorations. Paper umbrellas make excellent light, summery tree ornaments.
4. Go caroling. Instead of singing the classic ditties about it being cold outside and sitting by the fireplace, go around singing some summer carols. Any song that mentions sunshine, summer, or heat are good places to start. Also, almost any Beach Boys’ song will work fine.
3. Build a sandman. There might not be snow in the summer, but there is plentiful sand at the beach. Build a sandman by the water, and instead of using a scarf or wool hat, decorate him with sunglasses and a towel slung around his neck. [Just remember, while a sandman is a fine replacement for a snowman, you should avoid having sandball fights.]
2. Take a picture with Santa. You don’t need the real Santa (or even a person in a Santa suit) to take a summer photo with Santa. Draw a picture of Santa in a summery outfit (possibly a Hawaiian shirt), cut it out, and hold it up in pictures. You can take a Santa photo at the beach, in the backyard, or even at camp.
1. Give Christmas in July gifts. The best gift to receive for a hot Christmas in July is, of course, a popsicle. You can either buy some at the store or make your own (by freezing juice in an ice tray with popsicle sticks stuck in each compartment). If you are feeling particularly festive, you can limit your colors to red and green.
Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas in July!