Christmas in July: New Tradition

This year, I am going to start a new tradition with my family: Christmas in July! I love the idea of spending one weekend in July to go full blown Christmas! Doesn’t that sound fun? I have thought about what elements of a Christmas celebration I want to replicate in July. Below is my final list of what Christmas in July 2020 will look like in our home. Hopefully it inspires you to do the same in your home!

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Christmas Cookies!

No Christmas celebration would be complete without Christmas Cookies! I make many types of cookies during the Christmas season. However, for a one-weekend-only celebration, I wanted to keep things simple. Below are two easy recipes that you can easily incorporate into your CIJ celebration!

Sugar Cookies

Photo Credit: Missouri Girl Home

If you enjoy a soft and chewy vanilla sugar cookie, check out this recipe from Missouri Girl Home! In the past, I have used a different sugar cookie recipe that I love but, they require at least one hour of rest in the refrigerator! This recipe is so easy and much less time consuming. This is definitely a “drop everything and bake” type of cookie! They will be the perfect addition to our Christmas in July tradition.

Mom’s Chocolate Balls

1/4 cup butter
2 oz milk chocolate, cut into pieces
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, cut into pieces
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons almond extract
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup red and green sprinkles

Makes about 40 pieces.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in the powdered sugar and almond extract; mix well. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Refrigerate mixture until firm enough to handle. Shape teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls; roll in sprinkles. Enjoy!

This is another incredibly simple and easy recipe. Plus, it’s a NO BAKE recipe! If you have kids who love getting their hands dirty during the baking process, or in this case NO baking process, this is the cookie for them!

Christmas Read Alouds

This is an easy one for me because I already have my books organized by season/holiday. I browsed through my Christmas books and picked out some of my daughter’s favorites.

Here are some of our favorite Christmas reads. These books are great for younger readers.

By the way, I *highly* recommend purchasing Twas the Knife before Christmas and Twelve Slays of Christmas to read for yourself in the month of December. They are so good!

Decorations

I don’t know if/how you do Christmas in July , but I am NOT pulling out my Christmas tree for one weekend! For one weekend, I’m all about keeping things quick and easy but choosing decor that provides a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak!

Living Room

  1. Red and Green Paper Chains
  2. Christmas Pillows and Blankets

Dining Room

  1. Mini Christmas Tree
  2. Christmas Placemats

Kitchen

  1. Christmas Dishes

Shopping Organization

I actually started Christmas shopping right after last Christmas! (Do you shop the after Christmas sales?) However, I am having hard time keeping track of who I have already purchased for and also, more importantly, where I put the gifts! July is a great time to create a tracker page, especially since there are a ton of Christmas in July sales! If you haven’t started shopping already, you might start this month!

Final Thoughts

Since this is my first time doing a Christmas weekend blitz, I am only choosing a couple of things to focus on. I am sure this tradition will grow and morph throughout the years and I cannot wait to see what it will become!

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