The holiday season is a magical time filled with joy, love, and cherished memories. But who says we have to limit the festivities to just December? Christmas in July offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the spirit of Christmas in the middle of summer. Whether you're looking for a fun way to beat the heat or simply want to add some holiday cheer to your summer, here are five steps to help you create the perfect Christmas in July celebration.
Decorate with a Festive Twist
Transform your home into a winter wonderland by decorating with a twist. Swap out traditional Christmas decorations with summer-themed accents. Hang up twinkling lights, but incorporate beach balls, seashells, and sunglasses into the display. Replace the usual wreaths with ones made of vibrant flowers or beach-themed elements. Get creative and let your imagination run wild to create a unique blend of holiday and summer vibes – you want to feel the holiday spirit in everything, but you can forget about reminding everyone of the cold weather they’re happy to be out of.
Plan a Yuletide Barbecue
Instead of the traditional Christmas feast, embrace the summer season by hosting a yuletide barbecue. Fire up the grill and prepare festive dishes like grilled seafood, skewers, and fresh salads. Add a touch of Christmas by incorporating holiday-themed cocktails or mocktails served with colorful straws and mini umbrellas. Set up a cozy outdoor seating area with Christmas-themed tablecloths and cushions for your guests to enjoy the festive ambiance. You’ll make your place a new mid-year holiday destination.
Organize Fun Activities
Bring the holiday spirit to life with a variety of Christmas-themed activities. Set up a DIY ornament-making station where guests can create their own unique decorations. Organize a summer-themed gift exchange where participants exchange summer essentials or personalized beach towels. Incorporate classic Christmas games with a twist, such as a water balloon toss or a beachside snowball fight using soft cotton balls. Remember to include everyone in the festivities, from children to adults, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Spread Christmas Cheer
Just like in December, giving back is an essential part of the holiday spirit. Use your Christmas in July celebration as an opportunity to spread goodwill and make a difference. Organize a charity drive to collect items for those in need, such as summer clothing, school supplies, or sunscreen for local shelters or community centers. Encourage guests to bring donations and create a sense of unity by working together for a common cause. You can center it around a party, or you can all meet up at a chosen charity.
Embrace the Summer Spirit
While it's all about Christmas, don't forget to embrace the summer season as well. Incorporate elements like pool parties, water games, and beach outings into your celebration. Provide guests with Santa hats or reindeer headbands, and encourage them to wear their favorite summer attire. Combine the joy of Christmas with the vibrancy of summer to create a unique experience that everyone will remember.