Christmas in July is a unique way to celebrate the seasonal holiday in the summer. Many people love the second chance to celebrate Christmas including singing carols, decorating a tree, and receiving a visit from Santa. Others use Christmas in July to start planning for the festive season in December.
Planning for Christmas in July
If you are looking for ways to take advantage of the Christmas in July holiday season, check out the following.
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Make Lists (and More Lists): Use a notebook or your favorite app to start making lists for Christmas. Gift ideas, cards, and donation recipients are a great place to start with lists. Use your lists as part of the planning process for Christmas.
Take Advantage of Sales: Christmas in July ads are on television, radio, social media, and print. Finding a deal is always a significant step toward finalizing your Christmas shopping lists.
Shop Prime Days: Amazon hosts Prime Days in July. The two-day event, July 12-13 is a great way to start your holiday shopping. Purchase items early. The holiday season often brings shortages of favorite products.
Shop Back-to-School: In July, department stores begin filling shelves with back-to-school supplies. Markers, crayons, paint, paint brushes, paper, desk lamps, computers, and bags are generally on sale. The savings are perfect for buying early Christmas presents.
Plan Tentative Events: Make a revisable schedule for the holiday season. Plan social gatherings, teas, dinners, and other festive fun. Creating a tentative schedule allows you to make lists for supplies, gifts, and more.
Christmas in July is a great way to get a head start on the holiday season. Have fun! Take advantage of the seasonal sales.
Are you looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas? Use the Internet to find the best digital Christmas gift options to finish the rest of the shopping. Print your gift, slip the copy into a card, and you are done. Check out the following for last-minute Christmas gift ideas.
Gift Cards: Almost all major retailers offer gift card options. Also a gift card is a great way to purchase groceries for a person who may need a little extra help with food.
Magazine Subscription: Magazine delivery can be in print or digital form. Your gift will last throughout the entire year.
Subscription Box: From the Wizarding World to foods around the world, a subscription box has something for everyone. The boxes can be a one-time purchase or longer.
Concert Tickets: Going to a concert is a great gift. The tickets will easily turn into a lasting memory.
Movie Tickets: Popcorn, candy, and a pair of movie tickets are a perfect last minute Christmas gift.
Theater Tickets to Live Performances: Tickets to a live performance is a great gift for the theater lover on your list.
Restaurant Gift Certificates: Buy a meal at a local restaurant to be delivered. Or purchase a gift certificate to use later.
On-Line Classes: Do you have a person on your list interested in photography, writing, cooking, or crafting? Purchase an online class for further inspiration.
Car Related: Does someone on your list need a tune-up, oil change, or new tires? Purchase the car related maintenance to use later.
Pay a Bill: Often the best way to help someone at Christmas is offering to a bill. The gesture is a great gift especially for someone on a limited budget.
Yes, Christmas Eve is only hours away. But there is still time to start a new tradition with your family. If you are looking to start a new Christmas Eve tradition, check out the following list.
Bake: Christmas Eve is the perfect time to bake. Start a family tradition of baking cookies or other sweets together as a family. Leave cookies out for Santa or deliver some of your tasty treats to nearby neighbors.
Track Santa: Track Santa on through the Official NORAD site. Create excitement by tracking Santa at different times throughout the evening.
Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: Cuddle up under fuzzy blankets and read the entire poemA Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.
Watch a Christmas Movie: Make popcorn or a homemade pizza then watch your favorite Christmas movie.
Picnic Under the Christmas Tree: Spread out a blanket next to the Christmas tree and host an indoor picnic. The food does not need to fancy. Even hot cocoa and peanut butter sandwiches can turn the night into a lasting memory.
Make a Video: Create a Christmas video to post to your social media accounts.
Strike a Pose: Take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree.
Go to Church: Numerous churches host Christmas Eve services.
Read the Christmas Story from the Bible: Read Luke 2: 1-20 to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Go Look at Christmas Lights: Pile into a vehicle to spend the evening looking at Christmas light displays around your neighborhood.
Christmas Eve Meal: Plan and make a Christmas meal together. The meal can be a traditional spread with all the fixings or simply hearty stew. The choice is entirely up to you.
Game Night: Put on your favorite Christmas song playlist and play board games.
Do you find yourself singing along to holiday classics or turning up the radio to listen to a new Christmas song? For decades, Christmas music has been a major part of the holiday season. Finding the best songs for your Christmas celebrations is essential for creating a holiday atmosphere to remember. Be forewarned, you may find yourself singing out loud in front of guests.
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
Holiday schedules can easily turn chaotic. Taking time to enjoy the season with your family is essential. Yes, you and your dog count as a family. Curl up under a fuzzy blanket and watch your favorite Christmas movie. If you are searching for a new movie, check out the following list of Christmas movies for the entire family. (Please note: “As an Amazon affiliate, I earn income on qualifying orders.)
It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie
Angela’s Christmas (Netflix)
Trolls Holiday Special
Dr. Suess: The Grinch (2018)
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (2012)
Klaus (2019) (Netflix)
Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Christmas and Other Stories
Dr. Suess: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)
Do you need a Christmas quote to add to your website, blog, or social media posts? The following quotes are also great for writing inside Christmas cards.
“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith
“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” – Nora Roberts
“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” – Tom Baker
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, But how I love the gifts I give!” – Carolyn Wells
“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase
“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” – Ruth Carter Stapleton
“Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.” – Edwin Osgood Grover
“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” – Harlan Miller
“As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.” – David Grayson
“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber
“God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” – Pope Francis
“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.” – Pope Francis
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
“Christmas…is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” – Freya Stark
“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi
“Christmas is, or course, the time to be home-in heart as well as body.” – Garry Moore
“I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.’ – Hillary Scott
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans
“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.” – Carrie Fisher
“Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.” – Amy Grant
“T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” – Clement Clarke Moore
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” – Charles Dickens
“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” – Dr. Seuss
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill
“The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.” – Phillips Brooks
“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” – Pope John XXIII