I love Summer! As a teacher, I am blessed to have this time off to spend with my kids. We try to have a mix of relaxing time around the house and planned-out activities. But let’s get honest, these days can drag on a bit and every once in awhile it’s fun to mix things up a little. A few summers back I decided to break up the monotony of summer break by celebrating Christmas in July.

What started out as a random excuse to eat Christmas cookies in the middle of summer, has now turned into an annual tradition that my boys really look forward to each year. Like any other kid-friendly summer activity, you can make a Christmas in July be as simple or over the top as you want. The first year we celebrated it for just a day, but now we dedicate a whole week to our festivities.

Christmas in July

Here is a list of ways that your family can try out Christmas in July!

Decorate.

We happen to keep a small artificial tree in an easy to access closet so we usually put it up and decorate it at night when the kids are in bed before starting our July Christmas. You could also create your own decorations to make the house feel festive. We usually have a bin of Christmas books and our Christmas train handy so we can pull them out as well.

Watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas carols.

Some of my favorite movies and songs only come around in December! It seems silly to only bust those out once a year when we love them so much. We put on a Christmas radio station and watch Home Alone during our July celebration.

Gifts.

While purchasing big gifts is definitely not necessary for a July Christmas, sometimes a small surprise can be fun in the middle of summer. My boys are satisfied with a new pack of Pokemon cards! This is also a good time to remind children that giving gifts is just as important as receiving them. We use this celebration week as a time to clean out old toys and clothes and donate them to a charity in need.

Festive Food.

What Christmas celebration would be complete without some yummy food? We make hot chocolate, decorate Christmas cookies, and eat reindeer themed breakfasts.

Christmas in JulyThere really are endless possibilities for celebrating Christmas in July. You can pull out those Christmas jammies from the bottom of the drawer, take a trip to go ice skating, or even get a head start with making some homemade Christmas cards with the kids. And if you are reeeally ambitious, your North Pole Elf could make a surprise mid-Summer appearance. Just take a little break from the sweltering July heat, and enjoy some Christmas magic.

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Karen Smith
Karen was born in Ohio but spent most of her childhood in Florida. She attended the University of Florida, where she met her husband, and she got her Master’s in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. She taught first grade in Tampa until her oldest son was born. Her plans to return to the classroom changed when her husband’s job brought them to Pennsylvania where they welcomed another son. The following years brought them to Raleigh and then St. Augustine. After spending two years substitute teaching in St. Johns County, Karen is now teaching VPK at a local preschool. She enjoys days on the water with her family, reading “chick lit” with a glass of wine, pretending to be Ina Garten in the kitchen, and cheering on her Gators. She embraces all things #boymom and has never met a doughnut/taco/pasta that she didn’t like.