Christmas in July

Another quick intermission in the muse posts.

I thought I’d share an idea for the holidays (which isn’t mine).

Missing Thanksgiving with kids and grandkids was a bummer, but the thought of missing Christmas is a heartbreaker. But who said we can’t simply postpone it?

For all those who are struggling with the decision about whether to get together with family and risk illness, or stay at home and pass the day twiddling your fingers in isolation, consider Christmas in July.

As the Grammy and instigator-in-chief in my family, I just set the date and booked a spot for a family gathering. In July.

We’re going to have a feast with turkey and cranberry sauce where we’ll pass around huge helpings of thankfulness. We’re going to string holiday lights around the fire pit and conduct a Secret Santa on the starlit deck. We might even decorate a tree in the forest!

Grampy and I will drop off presents this December, but the true gift of the holidays is time with our loved ones. It will happen. It will be special because we’ll all be in this together.

Stay safe and enjoy the holidays whenever you decide to celebrate them. ❀

143 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. markbierman says:

    What a wonderful idea! Hopefully COVID will be a bad memory by then, and the travel will be much easier. Love the idea of Christmas in the woods. πŸ™‚

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  2. I always enjoy working on Christmas projects in July! Because there is no time pressure & it can truly be about the process, not just the product. So I was excited to see your post title….but when I read the first sentence, I said, β€œThat was just mean!” haha…looking forward to it.

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    • Oh, you’re one of those people! Lol. Thinking ahead and well-prepared. I’m so last minute with the holidays, but I do love it that you focus on the process, not just the product. That sounds wonderful. I suspect this will be the first time I’m not rushing around like a mad person and actually planning some meaningful gift-giving. Thanks so much for reading and Happy, Healthy Holidays to you. πŸ˜€

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  3. Anirudharora says:

    Stay safe , take care , happy holidayπŸ€—

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  4. Celebration is whenever family and loved ones are together no matter what time, place or day it is…

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  5. a very nice sharing, I wait for you on my blog

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  6. finnstats says:

    Good one nice idea… Wish nice get together…

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  7. ofsunandsand says:

    Loving the idea. I plan to combine all birthdays as well when I meet my family next!

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  8. That’s great… You deserve nobel….πŸ’

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  9. inese says:

    Great idea, Diana! No to cancellations.

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    • The virus is SO out of control in the US, Inese. It’s crazy. We’re just staying home and staying safe. A little bit of discipline and a little more patience, then the celebrations will happen. Stay safe, my friend. πŸ™‚

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      • inese says:

        Thank you, Diana! My daughter lives in the US, she is a nurse. Her husband had one week off because they had 15 cases. He hasn’t got any other holidays this year. All three girls attend school. You can imagine I am worried sick… The saddest thing is to realise that humanity is not ready to face and deal with a threat of this scale.
        Stay safe you too. ❀

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  10. Teri Polen says:

    This is a fantastic idea, Diana! Another friend of mine is doing the same thing. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas in July!

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    • Thanks, Teri. It was hard to “cancel” Christmas this year – especially for me and the grandkids since they’ve come here every year since they were born. But we’ll be patient and have fun in July! (And I did put up lights!). πŸ˜€

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  11. Dalo 2013 says:

    Really a fantastic idea. The idea of this limited Christmas this year does weigh down the December days, but knowing getting together with loved ones again for a delayed, special celebration will surely be worth the wait πŸ™‚

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    • Our tradition has included whole family descending on our house for the holiday, and the grandchildren were devastated when we called Christmas off. “How will Santa find us??” This idea of Christmas in July really helped. And yes, Grammy will go overboard, so it will be worth the wait. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by to comment. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy holiday season.

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  12. Jennie says:

    This is a great idea!!

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  13. Annika Perry says:

    Snap! πŸ˜€ Earlier this autumn we all talked about Christmas with the rest of the family and decided to wait until next year, maybe a little before July. For now making it cosy and Christmassy at home and feel lucky to be celebrating with my son, husband and mother all well and strong. And snow even arrived this morning! πŸ˜€. I love the idea of the tree decorated outside and wish you a most fabulous and special party in the summer … one of the most emotional ever for us all! Take care and thank you for your lovely wise post.xx

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    • This clearly isn’t a new idea, Annika, but the grandkids and I were stuck in our distress over cancelling Christmas and couldn’t think creatively. When I heard this idea, the day brightened and we started planning (and planning). I’m so glad you’re going to do something similar. Have a cozy beautiful Christmas with your loved ones. ❀ ❀

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  14. Sean says:

    This is a great idea. Jay actually did Christmas in July a couple of years ago for our niece and nephews and they loved it!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Sean. I think the kids will have a blast, and this year… I know I’ll be celebrating like a kid. We just need to be safe, and keep each other safe, for a few more months. It will be worth it. πŸ™‚

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  15. Jan Sikes says:

    What a wonderful idea, Diana! I love it!

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    • It’s obviously not an original idea, Jan, but it stuck me as a perfect solution to our need to avoid gathering this Christmas. I shudder to think of all those people who are going to get ill a month or three before the vaccine is available. So we’re planning a shindig in July with all the Thanksgiving/Christmas fanfare. Wishing you a safe happy healthy holiday season. ❀

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  16. Ann Coleman says:

    I love the idea of a huge Christmas party in July!

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    • Thanks, Ann. I heard this idea tossed around on the news program about the virus, and my ears perked up like a rabbit! A huge weight lifted off my sad shoulders, and the planning with the grandkids began. My hope is to make this a celebration that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. We’re stocking up on things like cranberries and candy canes that we can’t get in the summer. Ha ha. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Stay healthy and hang in there. And enjoy your own celebrations full of hugs when the time is right. ❀

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  17. Widdershins says:

    When I lived in Australia a bunch of friends and I would often celebrate Christmas in June. (Southern Hemisphere mid-winter) We always had such fun! πŸ˜€

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I do love Christmas in July and decorating a tree in the forest:) I think its a time thats in our hearts and we can celebrate anytime, I agree!

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    • I have to remember to pack a long extension cord to reach the perfect tree out there. Lol. I hope your holiday season is safe and joyous, Denise. Soon we’ll be able to celebrate with our loved ones, and it’s worth the wait. ❀

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  19. I’m one who believes in staying safe and protecting others as well as myself. This sounds like a lovely idea, Diana. The weather is much better in July, anyway. Unless you love snow and cold! Some do, of course.

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  20. noelleg44 says:

    Great, great thoughts, Diana. I miss my son!

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    • I know, Noelle. I miss my daughter and grandkids like crazy. I was trying to justify something for Christmas, but just couldn’t. And this idea made it all so much easier to say “no” to myself. Now, we all have something special and memorable to look forward to. Hang in there and the celebrating will come. Have a happy healthy holiday season. ❀

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  21. Wow a lovely and a wonderful creative concept on how to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, Diana. I loved the Santa so cute and loving.

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    • Thanks, Kamal. The virus is raging through the US, and it’s going to get worse. It makes sense for us to postpone everything. I’m glad you liked the idea. Happy Holidays to you, my friend. :=D

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      • Yes I completely agree with you Diana. Better not to meet many people and get affected. Must keep Christmas low like how we have done in India. All our festivals were low key and no one liked it but we have to take precautions. Happy Holidays to you too dear Diana.

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        • India has done a good job considering your population and the density in the cities. The US is a disaster.

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          • Yes our country has really done a great job of curtailing the disease and I completely agree with you. All your politicians and their ego problems that is why the people are suffering. It is very good to keep social distance, wear masks and take care. All these disasters would have not happened. They are not bothered at all. Millions have lost their lives especially in USA and European countries. Let’s hope that everything becomes alright and pray to God for his mercy.

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  22. I see nothing at all wrong with a delayed holiday. Whenever you decide to have it, I hope you all have a great time. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  23. petespringerauthor says:

    We have to be creative these days and look for atypical solutions. I like this idea. It would be a Christmas that all the kids would remember for sure. The idea of involving the grandkids in the planning of this day is brilliant. When kids are involved in the planning, they rise to the occasion, but of equal importance, gain ownership.

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    • Thanks, Pete. The grandkids (and I) were upset about not coming to our house for Christmas this year as they have all their lives. But now they’re excited about July. We talked about having to stock up on some seasonal items… like cranberries, wrapping paper, and candy canes. Lol. I hope you have a lovely holiday and wonderful hugs with your family when the time comes. πŸ˜€

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  24. My three children and son-in-law were all home last Christmas as it was our first holiday together since losing my husband earlier in the spring. Though it was sad Den wasn’t there, we all managed to find our smiles and enjoy the week. Knowing we couldn’t get together this year, my oldest son started planning ‘Big Fun in ’21 (yes, he’s a nut!). We haven’t set a definite date yet as my son-in-law is about to deploy for several months, but my son said anytime is a good time for turkey and dressing and gifts. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  25. I think it’s a great idea! Certainly something to look forward to. And what a wonderful Santa!

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  26. dgkaye says:

    A most excellent idea! Happy holidays my friend. I presume Zoom is going to be very busy lol. ❀

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  27. memadtwo says:

    Its a strange year from start to finish. That xs something to look forward to!

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  28. It will just be my husband, the dog, and I this year. We will continue to shelter in place for the foreseeable future. At some point, I hope we’ll feel safe enough to travel to see our daughter in California. Christmas in July would be nice . . .

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  29. Creative solutions win the prize!!! love it Diana~ ❀️

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  30. Perfect! πŸŽ„ I’m all in… πŸ’ž

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  32. acflory says:

    That’s a brilliant idea, and something Australians joke about as we swelter through another hot xmas. Last year I held xmas in November because I had a good idea that heat and bushfire risk would make December a bad month. As it turned out, I was more right than I knew and ALL of summer was a disaster. The media started calling it our Black Summer and I think they got it right. I think we’ll just postpone xmas completely this year. We are technically in ‘elimination’ of the virus, but all it takes is one person to start the whole nightmare over again. The Offspring and I will wait until the vaccine does its thing some time next year. Until then, Happy Christmas in Absentia! πŸ™‚

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  33. We are planning to do this! We will have two Christmas’s – (Christmi?!) – a household one on the day, featuring Zoom chat and a physical one with extended family later in the year. Double the fun! Definitely a time for counting blessings this year and celebrating what is possible rather than what is not.

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    • Excellent, Jackie. We’ll do a bit of Facetime on the 25th, but I’ll miss the hugs like crazy! I agree about counting blessings though. We have to be patient and then the celebrations can begin. Enjoy your Christmi. Lol

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  34. amitch915 says:

    I love this idea!!!!

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    • Oh good. I don’t know why it seemed so novel to me, but I guess I wasn’t thinking creatively. Now I’m all in and planning to make up for lost time. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season whenever it comes around. πŸ™‚

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  35. L.K. Latham says:

    A date is just a date, so any day can be Christmas Day.

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  36. What a wonderful idea, Diana! Our new infection numbers are worrisome and it looks like the holiday season will look a lot different this year…my cousin and I are sending small gifts through the mail and my good friend will do a drive by so we can exchange gift bags (I will dearly miss sharing a hot chocolate with her to celebrate the season). I’m sending out cards this year filled with good cheer, sparkle and light.
    I hope your holiday season unfolds with love and good health…

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  37. We’re playing safe no matter what the UK government allows – Christmas dinners in our own homes then a brief visit to each of my daughters homes to give the grandkids their presents, which I might pass down the chimney, but only if they dare me, then if no broken bones, a short drive back home to sing carols with my wife (maybe made that bit up!) Vaccinations start in the UK next week and for this old guy maybe January – roll on Spring 2021.

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  38. Tessa says:

    I love that idea. I think you mentioned it to me before and I think it’s a fabulous idea ❀️

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  39. Thanks for the creative solution Diana. I hope we all find creative ways to keep our connections and spirits uplifted during the holidays. Hugs and blessings to you and yours.

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  40. Great idea, Diana! I remember bloggers talk about their tradition of Christmas I’m July, such as South Africa and Australia. The increased cases are alarmingly high. The news said everyone wants the vaccine will have it by June. Two vaccines will be out by December 14, but the medical people and 65+ people will be the first priority to get it.

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    • This Christmas the pandemic is going to be awful in the US, Miriam. And it doesn’t make sense to take risks right before the vaccine comes out! That would be so tragic. I do hope you have a happy, healthy holiday season and a safe Christmas. ❀

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      • Yeah, Diana. I haven’t cancel the tickets but the restrictions of curfew and gathering are set up to December 20th. There was nearly 100,000 cases on one day a couple days ago. People who traveled for Thanksgiving are urgged to take the test.
        It would be risky to travel this Christmas. I’ll talk to my daughter about it. πŸ’–

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  41. C.E.Robinson says:

    Awesome idea, Diane. We did this for 15 years when I lived abroad. All of our celebrations were lumped into a big family party on home leave. We had holiday fun celebrating with new friends in the countries we lived in. We learned a lot about their cultural traditions. πŸ“šπŸŽΆ Christine

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    • Jacqui was mentioning the same thing, Christine. That level of flexibility is something I hadn’t thought of until this year, and it lifted such a weight from my shoulders! Enjoy your holiday season, Christine. Be well. πŸ™‚

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  42. That’s a great idea for families and/or groups, Diana. Hugs on the wing.

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    • I hope it’s helpful to anyone who’s feeling anxious or scared of getting together for the holidays. It seemed like such a great idea to me that we jumped on it. Thanks for the kind comment, Teagan. ❀

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  43. I’m so glad you posted about this. My husby and I regularly change holiday dates to suit when our kids can be there (because of military obligations). Everyone is thrilled! I hope yours is wonderful, Diana!

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  44. Good thinking to have the get-together another time.

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  45. Darlene says:

    What a fabulous idea. This may just be the way to go.

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    • I still feel sad about “cancelling Christmas” Darlene, but even the planning of a July event has cheered up the family (especially for the grandkids). Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Have a lovely holiday season. ❀

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  46. amreade says:

    That’s a great idea! Something for the whole family to look forward to.

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  47. I love the idea of having Christmas at a time when no one else is – a special celebration of our own.

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