Have y’all figured out yet that I celebrate Christmas all year long? 😉 It’s such a special, fun holiday, and of course we’re supposed to celebrate Jesus’ birth every day of the year and thank Him for the great sacrifice He made when He came to earth as a tiny baby to live and die for our sins! I am so thankful for Jesus dying on the cross for my sins and rising from the grave in victory over them!
But I will admit that, along with Jesus being the reason for the season, I just love the whole feeling of Christmas. The twinkle lights, the general cheeriness of everything, the sugar cookies and hot chocolate, the music! It all just makes me so happy.
If you’re anything like me, you probably enjoy pulling in some Christmas cheer at different times throughout the year. Whether it’s going all wintery or making summer-style Christmas treats (or Christmas-style summer treats), there’s always something that you can do to enjoy a little bit of Christmas any time of the year. I’ve found some fun ideas this year and thought that I’d share them with y’all!
1 – make Christmas treats: summer style
I will admit that this is a new one for me! I’d never really thought about making over Christmas goodies into summer-worthy treats. But while researching some Christmas in July ideas, I found some mouth-watering ideas.
BLENDED “HOT” CHOCOLATE: Make some hot chocolate and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, blend in your blender with some milk and perhaps some peppermint extract and then top with whipped cream.
CHRISTMAS STYLE ICE CREAM: It would be so yummy to actually make peppermint ice cream or a hot chocolate ice cream. Or you could simply top some of your favorite ice cream with bits of peppermint bark, Christmas sprinkles, marshmallows, or whatever else your heart desires. 🙂 I did plain vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and chopped-up peppermint bark. Or you can make a peppermint vanilla milkshake.
SUGAR COOKIES AND GINGERBREAD MEN: There’s no reason you have to wait till Christmas to make these goodies! If you want to add a dash of summer fun, decorate the gingerbread men in summer clothes and pull out those bright colors to make beach balls and sandmen with the sugar cookies!
PEPPERMINT S’MORES: I haven’t tried this one yet, but I bet it would be so good! How about using some mint chocolate bars instead of (or along with) the chocolate bar? Or use the cinnamon graham crackers instead of the plain ones. Get creative!
2 – do your Christmas shopping early
I already wrote about this in my last blog post, but I thought it bore mentioning again. Keep an eye out for good deals throughout the year (Black Friday, anyone?), and if you want to get some Christmas decor for cheap, find some Christmas in July sales or shop the week or two after Christmas. Collect cute wrapping paper and gift tags.
Or you can make your own Christmas presents. Summer is a great time to start working on those, because some of them can take quite awhile! Make some DIY snow globes, crochet or knit a set of coasters, make your own candles, or learn a new craft that will make the holiday gift-giving just a little bit more special, because you put in special effort and time to make something yourself.
If you like the rush of shopping just before Christmas, then take the time to find out beforehand what someone is really wanting for Christmas. Our family makes Christmas lists, where we each make a list of things that we want. It makes shopping for everyone (especially those super-picky siblings!) so much easier. With a list in hand, you’ll be able to shop with minimal stress and confusion.
3 – have a Christmas fun night
This is by far my favorite! Every once in awhile (okay, maybe more often than that…), I just feel like Christmas. Sometimes it’s as simple as putting on Christmas music while I’m working throughout the day. (And in case you’re wondering, yes… I’m listening to Christmas music right now. Nat King Cole is crooning out “The Christmas Song” as I write.)
And sometimes, it gets a lot more fun.
And don’t forget to whip up some hot chocolate or some of those CHRISTMAS TREATS we were just talking about (yes, while listening to your favorite Christmas playlist).
Or, get on YouTube and find some fun CHRISTMAS KARAOKE songs to sing along to! You don’t have to be good; it’s all about having fun! Or gather around the piano and open the hymnbook to find some of your favorite carols.
Do you have any more ideas about how to pull in a little bit of Christmas during the year? We would love to hear, so please share in the comments!
Until next time,
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