Christmas in July!

This year’s Christmas in July celebrations will likely be more joyous as we get back to normal types of gatherings. They also will whet the appetite for making this year’s December holiday family gatherings and entertaining more special.

Have you ever wondered, by the way, how Christmas in July celebrations started? The magazine Southern Living reported in 2017 that “Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, N.C. The first Christmas in July included carolers, a Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, presents, and fake snow made of cotton. As the tradition evolved, campers would use laundry bags as makeshift stockings, which they placed outside their cabins to be filled with candy overnight. Eventually, elves, reindeer, and Mrs. Claus joined the act.”

 

One of the most prominent celebrants today is the Hallmark Channel, which has an entire section of its website devoted to its Christmas in July month-long celebration. There’s even a “How To” section to making decorations that go with the theme of the various movies.

Not to be outdone by Hallmark, we’d like to offer some ideas of our own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five basics for holiday decorating:

Candles are always a go-to for holiday décor. Nothing softens a room more than the glow of candlelight. Tall and tapered, short votives, star-shaped colors and scents abound. Groupings of varying heights will be your key to a successful candle display. The colors you choose can complement or accent a room’s rhythm.

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