Christmas in July is a great reason to bring as much joy and cheer as you can to the middle of the year. Instead of waiting another 5 months to put on your Christmas hats, both metaphorically and literally, why not dust off the decorations and share in the Christmas spirit twice a year? We know you’ve been looking for an excuse to pull out your ugly sweater and wear it with pride in your heart and a grin on your face.
If you’ve never celebrated this joyous day or you’re stuck on Christmas in July celebration ideas, we’ve put together some easy go-to ideas that will have you looking forward to the end of July for years to come.
1. Bake Christmas Treats
Whether it’s the cookie recipe that’s been passed down in your family for many generations, or it’s a delectable dessert recipe you found online, pull out the kitchen utensils and get baking. This is a fun way to get your children involved for some ‘nice’ treats. If it’s adult friends you’ll be baking with, why not pull out a bottle of your favourite alcohol to make them ‘naughty’ treats instead. Don’t forget to have fun decorating once they’re ready.
2. Make Your Own Decorations
Another way to get the kids involved, and what will most likely be a favourite activity of theirs, is decoration making. Gather some ribbons, string, pieces of cardboard, or whatever else you can find, and put your DIY skills to the test. Save these decorations for Christmas at the end of the year so that you have one less thing to worry about.
3. Gift The Underprivileged
While you may still want to share gifts with friends and family, find the clothing items or toys you no longer use and wrap them with a bow to give to those who need them most. Not only will you be making someone else’s day and spreading the Christmas spirit, but you’ll also be teaching your children a valuable lesson in the process.
4. Movie Marathon
Create a list of your favourite Christmas movies, grab some popcorn and other delicious snacks, and set yourself down to enjoy the festive spirit of those cheesy holiday classics. You could also switch back and forth between watching one of your favourites, and a more modern movie that your children love.
5. Music And Board Games
Make a playlist of your favourite Christmas songs and put them on repeat while you and your family and friends get stuck into your favourite board games. Nothing beats a day with some games while Mariah Carey and Michael Buble sing their hearts out in the background.
6. Host A Party
Combine a few of the ideas mentioned above and throw a party to remember! Don’t forget to include a fun theme that will get everyone thinking outside the box. A great way to bolster the theme is by offering some prizes to the best-dressed people. Get your friends involved with the Christmas in July table decoration ideas too so that there’s less for you to think about.
Out Of Home Activities
1. A Day At The Mall
Put on your favourite Christmas jersey and take your family to the mall for a day of fun activities. Whether it’s a movie at the cinema, skating on the ice rink, or a few games of ten-pin bowling, there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed. Pop into the stores and do some Christmas in July shopping while you’re at it. If you live in a warmer area, enjoy a day outdoors on the beach or at a popular picnic spot.
2. Visit A Market
Whether it’s a food or clothing and accessories market, visiting the different stalls of budding entrepreneurs and seeing what they have to offer is always a fun day out. Snack on some delicious treats and gift yourself or someone else with an eye-catching item of clothing, all while listening to the catchy sounds of the live music on display.
3. Painting Workshop
Instead of buying finished and packaged gifts, visit a place that offers craft and painting workshops to put your creativity to the test. Once you have the finished product, place it on an empty countertop in your home or wrap it up and give it to someone as a gift.
With a whole host of Christmas in July ideas, you are bound to have a festive celebration in the middle of the year. Gather your friends and family to enjoy the Christmas spirit in as many ways as you can.