If you live somewhere in Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales or Tasmania, then you know that July is a month that is most "Christmas-like." Chill winds, white snow and all the other traditional trappings of winter match well with traditional Christmas decorations. This also makes July an ideal time for you to celebrate Christmas in July - even if December is nearly half a year away.
But that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Christmas when you live in parts of Australia where the sun is up high and the beach beckons you to splash around. You just need to be a little more creative in the way you celebrate Christmas in July:
Bring out your old Christmas decorations
One of the main draws of celebrating Christmas in July is you're able to recycle your old Christmas decorations. Simply dig up the old stuff you used last year and string them up in your home as usual. This is, however, a time for you to better mix and match your decorations. Try experimenting with them by rearranging them and matching them up with other pieces of decor that you put up during the summer months. You'd be surprised at how new your old decorations can look when you simply put them in a different part of your home!
Set up summer-themed Christmas decorations
Okay, so let's say you're itching for a few new decorations that will add a touch of summer to your Christmas in July celebrations. There are a couple of specific items designed to bring out a more beach-like feel to the Christmas season, like a surfboard-wielding Santa Claus with his two cool and chilled elves to help him out. Pieces like these help add a touch of whimsy to your home while adding a distinctly Aussie vibe to your July Christmas decorations as well. Take the time to find and pick out similarly-themed decorations like these to help liven up your celebrations!
Send out Christmas in July party invites
A white Christmas is nice and all, but a Christmas party set on the beach is just as nice - if not more so! Invite all your friends and family to come with you and celebrate Christmas on the beach by sending out attractive invitation cards. Sending out an invite in this manner lets your guests feel that the party is not just your average get-together where you just hang out. This makes the whole event much more memorable than simply sending them an email or SMS, especially when you have a grand party in mind.
Liven things up with a potluck lunch or dinner
The obvious benefit here is that you take away a great deal of effort having to prepare the food yourself, but there is another more important reason why a potluck is much better for a Christmas in July celebration: the festivity of a potluck. Everything becomes more festive and laidback for everyone when they bring along their own picks of food for everyone to enjoy. This fits in very well to the casual and fun-filled mood of the party, aside from the practical benefits of hosting a potluck lunch or dinner.
Add a summer twist to traditional Christmas treats
Now just because you're hosting a potluck party doesn't mean you completely escape your responsibilities to serve good food during the season. This is why it is always a good idea to take well-loved Christmas classics and give them the 'summer' treatment. Take for example peppermint ice cream, eggnog smoothies and potato pancakes. A lot of websites put up quite a few Christmas in July recipes, yielding a treasure-trove of goodies with a simple web search. This doesn't mean, of course, that you can't serve traditional Christmas classics like roasts if you want to. You can still prepare your favourites, but a few dishes with a summer twist will help make Christmas in July a much more special event!
Push through with summer-slash-Christmas activities
Now that you have your Christmas decorations, dishes and invites all planned out, it's time to prepare a couple fun things to do while the party is going full steam ahead. Fill up a couple of white water balloons and toss them around like a snowball fight, sing Christmas carols on the beach, play beach volleyball dressed in Santa suits - the possibilities are endless! Just remember to have fun all around and these activities will make your Christmas in July memorable for you, your family and all your guests!
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