According to Accuweather, the high temperature will not drop below 80 degrees for the rest of the month. In fact, on July 25, it will be knocking on 90! We wanna think cold thoughts. We want to recall winter vibes. As the song says, we need a little Christmas, right this very minute! And to make that happen, we’re talking about how to celebrate Christmas in July.
Christmas In July Idea: Throw A Party
One definite leg up that Christmas in July has over regular Christmas, at least in the northern hemisphere, is the weather. OK, we did start off the article complaining about it but consider: your face won’t hurt in this weather (as long as you wear sunscreen)! Really though, July weather lends itself well to the kind of rager that our Michigan winters just don’t. Pull out your artificial tree, string up your lights, and turn your yard into Santa’s BBQ picnic! We recommend skipping the Ugly Sweater Contest, though you could get away with it if you turned the AC way down.
How many Christmas songs are there about celebrating Christmas in the tropics? Use Christmas in July to live those dreams on a budget! Buy a buy a red-and-green swimsuit, drag your friends to the beach, grill up some turkey, and serve cookies and ice cold Coca Cola. Really a surprising number of Christmas dinner staples are also backyard or beach BBQ staples too. Mix the traditions of Christmas and Summer Vacation to create warm and fuzzy feelings amidst heat and humidity.
Watch Christmas Movies
If you’re like us, you just run out of time to watch all your favorite Christmas movies in the winter. There are only so many free evenings for sitting down with the fam and enjoying cinematic Christmas cheer, y’know? Well, Christmas in July is your chance to take a second bite at the apple! The marketing wizards in Hollywood thought these Christmas movies had a particular Summer Blockbuster flair:
- Die Hard, fave Christmas flick , originally came out on July 22, 1988.
- Miracle on 34th Street, undeniably a Christmas flick about Santa Claus, hit theaters on June 11, 1947. Early trailers tried to hide the Christmas angle.
- Holiday Inn, which admittedly covers most American holidays, was released on August 4, 1942. We recommend finding a cut without the black face musical number.
- Christmas in Connecticut, which has Christmas in the title, was an August 11, 1945 release.
- Batman Returns, whose plot is moved by Christmas trappings like trees and mistletoe, arrived in theaters on June 19, 1992.
Want something new? The Christmas cheer factory that is the Hallmark Channel has your back. They’ve been airing their signature Christmas movies on the daily all month as part of their Christmas in July celebration. That includes premieres of brand new flicks, even specially made summer-themed Christmas romances!
Christmas in July Idea: Decorate!
It really is a shame that you’ve spent all that money on a nice Christmas Village collection and only get to show it off one month of the year. We say you ought to bring it up from the basement and put it on display for Christmas in July! If you don’t have a Christmas Village collection but want to start one, Back to the Past has you covered! Check out our Christmas in July auction, closing this Friday, to get started.
In fact, that session can have you covered on movies too! Local pick-up starts at noon on 7/25/22, meaning you can make like Schwarznegger and snag a last minute gift. And if the stuff won’t reach you before 7/25 – the “official” date for Christmas in July – fret not! Holidays are made up and life is hard, so celebrate Christmas whenever the heck it brings you joy. Same goes for all you spooky folks and Halloween – we’ve got some some neat Spooky Town pieces currently available in the Gallery.
Sell Your Collection!
When is the best time to get your collection ready for sale? Just before the iron is hot, metaphorically speaking. If you’ve got a collection of Christmas collectibles, now’s the time to prep it for sale. If you wait until November, your window of peak interest is closing before you even start. We began working on our Christmas in July collection back in June, posting the auction during the Fourth of July weekend! If you want to sell your Christmas collectibles through us, now’s the time to get the ball rolling.And if you want a comment or quote on something we’ve written about, we’re always available! We can be found dang near everywhere as @b2pcollect.