9 Festive Ways to Celebrate Christmas in July This Summer
People have been celebrating Christmas in July for decades, but this year it has an extra special meaning. In December, my family canceled our big family Christmas because of the pandemic. Rather than gathering with 20+ people, my parents and I spent a quiet holiday at home. But now that we're all vaccinated and it's relatively safe to gather again (here are a doctor's tips for gathering post-pandemic), we've planned an epic family Christmas celebration in July.
We're going all-out to make up for missing last Christmas: We're making all our favorite Christmas cookies and candies, playing festive games, and exchanging gifts. And while it'll be too hot to don our Christmas sweaters, you can bet we'll all be wearing fluffy red Santa hats ($18 for 12, Oriental Trading Co.) with our shorts and t-shirts.
No matter what your pandemic Christmas celebrations looked like last year, gather the fam and plan a fun holiday party this summer. Whether you host a gift exchange or get a head start on this year’s Christmas crafts with your kids, these Christmas in July ideas will help you bring joy to the world this season. Plus, a lot of these ideas can actually help alleviate some stress come December. After all, there’s a reason we always start preparing for Christmas in the summer! So crank the A/C, put on your ugliest Christmas sweater, and start celebrating.