With so few holidays between the 4th of July and Labor Day in September, Christmas in July is a great excuse for me to throw a family get-together. And with the kids begging me to watch Christmas movies, despite our moratorium on holiday films from January 2nd until Thanksgiving Day, I’ve been thinking that it would indeed be fun to do a quick and easy celebration.
I love Christmas enough that I want it to be a special occasion, so I’ll host a movie night to let the children watch one or two their favorite holiday films, and blend the best of summer and the holidays. Throw your own Christmas in July party by making Christmas classics appropriate for summer and taking note of the following important aspects of your party! For those of you who already have artificial Christmas trees, now would also be a great idea to check if they’re still working properly.
The Christmas Tree
Get some use out of your stored tree. Instead of the traditional red and green ornaments, go with beach-themed ornaments to give your tree a summer vibe. If you have an unlit tree, add white twinkle lights to further complement your sea-inspired ornaments.
Photos by ChristmasTreeMarket.com, Anita Hart via flickr, CC BY 2.0 (top), and tsayrate via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 (bottom)
Quick Tip: Summer is the perfect time to check your tree for dead bulbs, broken twigs, fallen needles, foliage discoloration, and other possible damage. Performing this quick tree inspection assures you that everything is in working order before December arrives. Should there be any problems with the tree, it’s good to know that there’s still a lot of time to fix it or order a new one.
Christmas Movie Screening Party!
Set up your TV, DVD player, and speakers in the family room and play Christmas movies all throughout the night. Include in your movie line-up classics such as A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Carol.
A Blend of the Seasons’ Best
Combine the best that Christmas and summer can offer to get a scrumptious yet easy Christmas in July menu. Here are a few dishes that would be perfect to serve during your movie party:
- Sliced ham sandwiches – Make carved ham sandwiches for an easy, lighthearted Christmas in July treat. It’s tasty and more dressed up than packaged ham but still reminiscent of the holidays.
- S’mores topped with crushed peppermint – The peppermint adds a Christmas twang to this all-time summer dessert.
- Eggnog milk shakes – Take the alcohol out of this popular holiday drink, and add vanilla ice cream and crushed ice instead.
- Popcorn in fun bags – This is the perfect companion to your movie night! Serve it in fun, colorful bags.
Enjoy your Christmas in July party with just a few decorations, classic Christmas movies, amazing food, and family and close friends!by