Christmas in July is more than an ugly stepsister holiday. No one wants to wait for December to get in the Christmas spirit. It has a life of its own, so if you’re celebrating, don't just throw up a wreath and call it a day. Get imaginative, embrace the Christmas spirit and the warm weather, and lean into what makes this holiday truly unique. These are some tips to go all out and make the most of your mid-summer winter celebration.
Get Creative with the Santa Suit
You can’t get in the Christmas spirit if you don’t look the part. But that doesn’t mean you have to go straight for that Christmas sweater, no matter how deliciously ugly and granny chic it is. It’s hot out, so dress for the holiday and the season by mixing that Santa hat with some green or candy-cane striped swim trunks.
Let It Sand
Speaking of swim trunks, have a Christmas party at the beach. Throw that eggnog in the cooler, build a sandman, and cool off in between by taking a dip in the water.
A Refreshing Christmas Feast
People don't want to gorge themselves on baked ham and mashed potatoes when it’s blistering hot out. Well, they probably do. But think outside the gift box to whip together a more seasonally appropriate menu. Try serving that turkey chilled on top of a colorful salad with cranberries, candied walnuts and gorgonzola. Cut up some watermelon Christmas trees. Serve some green mint ice cream with raspberries and mint on top.
Deck the Cabana
Your Noël party is nothing without the right decorations. Evoke the summer holiday spirit with a Christmas palm tree, and decorate it with translucent ornaments filled with sand and small shells. Hang up stockings above the fireplace, and put beach balls and seashells around it.
Jam the Christmas Carols
The Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is a jazz masterpiece that can be enjoyed any time of the year. But there are plenty of Christmas tracks with a tropical slant that will have your guests in the spirit of the season, like Jimmy Buffett’s “Christmas in the Carribean,” The Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick,” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Christmas Island,” just to name a few.
Don’t Forget the Gifts
Even though the holiday is about encapsulating the Christmas spirit in July, that doesn’t mean you can skimp out on the gifts. And in case you're still waiting on that Christmas bonus, they don't have to be expensive either. Get your loved ones a pair of brand new flip-flops, a Christmas-themed beach towel, or a pine tree-scented aroma diffuser.
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