Oh Christmas. The most magical, cheerful, coziest time of the year. I love Christmas. (Shocker, I know.) And I look forward to it ALL YEAR LONG. But this year? This year I feel like I could use some Christmas Cheer more than ever… and I bet you do too. I’ve found that on the days when I’m saddest and the weight of the world is just too heavy, scrolling through pictures of may house decorated for Christmas brings me a sense of peace and the warmest, fuzzy feelings.
Ugh. Anyone else wish it was socially acceptable to keep your house decorated for Christmas all year long?!
So in the spirit of spreading a little extra love and happiness into 2021, today, I’m sharing my Ultimate Guide to Mid-Year Cheer!
Grab your cocoa and your Santa hat, and
unthaw the Buble press play! It’s about to get Christmas-y on this boiling hot, rainy, 90 degree day! Here’a s few ways you can celebrate Christmas in July this weekend!
Cool Off. It’s not Christmas if you’re not cold (at least where I’m from). So take some time to cool off in your favorite way. Whether it’s eating ice cream inside a freezing cold, air conditioned house, or jumping in the lake (or a pool), take some time to cool off this week. I know… this one seems like kind of a stretch. But I promise you, if you cool yourself down before getting lost in a Christmas movie, you’ll forget how sweltering it is outside and think you’re in a cozy cottage in the mountains.
Make frozen versions of your favorite Christmas drinks. Christmas = Hot Cocoa. Christmas in July = Frozen Hot Cocoa. Get it? Good. My personal favorite Christmas drink is a Whiskey Slush! We have these every year at my Grandma’s house. I shared the recipe a few years ago… you can find it here!
Build a Sandman. Building snowmen are one of my favorite things about winter, so why not make a cute sandman in the summer? It’s the perfect way to bring a bit of the Christmas Spirit to the beach along with you. And everyone around you will love it too! Pro Tip… Use wet sand to build a large mound and then shape it with your hands. You won’t be able to roll balls like you can in the snow.
Complete a Christmas Project. Is it a rainy day out? That means its the perfect day for a DIY. I think you should make this DIY Fixer Upper inspired Christmas Tree sign! Or, maybe you could try your hand at this $1 DIY, or this fun ornament! (Especially if you’ve recently gotten married.) It’s so easy, so gorgeous, and you’ll be all set for when it’s time to hang up those Christmas decorations in few months.
Watch a Christmas Movie… or 4. The easiest way to celebrate Christmas in July is to enjoy your favorite holiday classics. Grab them out of your DVD collection or enjoy Christmas Keepsake Week on Hallmark Channel. Either way, your spirits will instantly be lifted because Christmas movies are the best movies. Click here to see my post of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies! (Times in the post do not hold true in 2021! Check your local listings or your favorite streaming options for them!)
Start your Christmas Shopping. It’s time to start shopping the Christmas in July sales! From stores bringing out actual Christmas products to your favorite every day items on sale, pretty much every store is offering some sort of deal this week! I took major advantage of the Christmas in July sale last year at Balsam Hill! I got the most beautiful little tree for our living room and tbh, it might be the most extra thing I’ve ever bought! But it was worth EVERY PENNY. Plus… it was on sale 🙂
Take your Christmas Card Photo. Okay guys, you should do this one for me so I can live vicariously through you. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to take a beachy Christmas photo and send out “Mele Kalikimaka” or “Santa’s on Vacation” themed Christmas cards. Summertime is the PERFECT time to get these pictures without freezing your butt off. And Shutterfly has 40% off everything right now… along with an extra 10% off! You could have your Christmas cards ordered and at your door before Summer is even officially over. (If you’re a loyal reader of Savannah Said It, you know how much I love Holiday Card traditions. Click here to see just how much, and how awesome my family’s cards were over the years!)
Make a New Tradition. For me, Christmas is all about traditions. Trev and I were talking last night and thought of the one Christmas in July tradition we’d love to start with our family some day. How perfect would it be to spend a warm summer night around the fire, with icy frozen Hot Cocoas reading your favorite Christmas story? Sounds pretty dreamy if you ask me. Think of a tradition you can start with your loved ones this Christmas in July, and do it every July after.
And of course…
Bake Christmas Cookies. I can’t watch Christmas movies without craving Christmas Cookies. This is BY FAR my favorite Christmas in July tradition. I wrote all about a few years ago, and shared my favorite cookie recipe. Get it here!
So… am I crazy? Or are you celebrating Christmas in July this year too?!
Alright my loves. I’m outta here! Tomorrow is FRIDAYYYYY and I’m really looking forward to this weekend. We’re just hanging around at home, and it turns out, these are the weekends I look forward to most! I’ll be back on Monday!