Every year since my kids were young, we've celebrated 'Christmas in July'.
A fun little day when we forget about the heat of summer, spend some time together and make a memory or two.
The first thing I do is to designate a day when we plan to celebrate - you can choose July 25th if you'd like it to be the same day as Christmas, or any other day during the month. I always choose a day that I know will allow us enough time to do some baking, read a few books, take in a holiday movie and maybe do a craft.
Christmas in July Activities for Kids
I'm not sure how we started this tradition -- I'm sure it came about because I watch holiday movies in July and start talking about our travel plans (or who's planning to visit us this year). But somehow, the kids caught on and thought it was a fun tradition to begin :)
Here are a few of the ways we've celebrated over the years along with affiliate links to some of our favorite holiday items.
Read Some New Christmas Books
The holidays get busy so there's always a few books that we wanted to read but didn't get to because of the craziness. Check your local library for some of the holiday items they've purchased in order to prepare for this year's Christmas season.
I found three of the newer ones at our library that we didn't get to read this past Christmas:
Home for Christmas by Jan Brett -- we are big fans of her books! The illustrations are beautiful and the side stories are fun to follow along with as you read the book.
Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo seemed like the perfect combination of holiday & summer (we enjoy visiting lighthouses on our summer vacations). The pictures are wonderful and the story tells about an older sister who is trying to make Christmas special for her younger brother as they are faced with the thought of spending Christmas away from their father.
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel was a wonderful find! It is set during the Depression and shares the story of Harry & his father who sell Christmas trees in New York City and donate the first tree to Rockefeller Center. It's a true story of giving and I highly recommend it!
Family Volunteer Ideas
This is truly what the holiday season is all about -- being helpful and generous. In order to keep with the true meaning, we plan to do some volunteer work before school begins. We use our 'Christmas in July' day to plan what we'd like to do.
For the past 3 years, we've hosted a neighborhood food drive to benefit the local food pantry. Other ideas might include donating school supplies to a back-to-school drive or volunteering to deliver meals for Meals-on-Wheels.
Bake: Who Doesn't Love Cookies!
We ALWAYS bake! It may be gingerbread cookies, or maybe we'll decorate a candy house. Sometimes I'll let the kids choose one of their favorite recipes that I usually only make during the holidays.
And of course, the kids help -- that's one of our highlights. It's always a treat to have a holiday treat in the house in the middle of summer :)
Take some Time to Craft
Spend some time thinking about homemade items you and the kids may want to make as gifts. Summer is usually a more relaxed time so the kids may be more likely to be involved in crafts.
And it's also a great time to gather nature items to craft with -- try these 20+ Nature-inspired Holiday Crafts!
Enjoy a Holiday Special Together
We're not the only ones celebrating 'Christmas in July' -- the tv networks do too! Hallmark Channel is running holiday specials and some of the movie channels also feature Christmas specials!
There's never enough time during the busy holiday season to see some of our favorite films so this is the perfect opportunity to catch up :)
Check your local tv listings, or better yet - grab a much-loved family favorite on DVD and curl up on the couch with a cookie.
A few of our favorites:
Merry 'Christmas in July'!