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Christmas in July Views

I know we had a little Christmas in May, but July is here already and we are ready to celebrate in earnest.  It was eighty-eight degrees yesterday, though I saw the first ambitious goldenrod on Saturday.  The days may be hot, but there is relief in sight.  And, until then, there are sugar cookies and cranberry sauce and twinkling Christmas lights.  I may have mentioned this in the past, but I've been celebrating Christmas in July in some form every year for 14 years now.  It started during my days as Ranger Brandy, when we strung popcorn and made beaded ornaments and sang carols out in the woods.  Now that I think of it, it would be all kinds of fun to have a Christmas in July camping trip for my own family someday.

Tree Trimming

Though I like to do it on the 25th, our celebration comes a little early this year and lasts a little longer.  I wanted a stretch of time where we could properly devote ourselves to it.  We've got a big birthday party to attend this coming weekend, so we're going ahead with trimming the tree and making everything merry and bright.  I strung up lights, Roan put gifts under the tree (something for everyone!), and the children all spent lots of time reading the beloved Christmas books.

Christmas Linens

I've planned most of the week around the Little House books and the ways that they celebrated Christmas over the years, guided by the Little House Cookbook.  We'll have a meal similar to the one after The Long Winter tonight.  We'll also have Swedish Crackers, pancake men, oyster stew, and those adorable little heart cakes described in Little House on the Prairie.  It's not all about the food, of course, but it is fun to spend time inside together cooking when it is so hot outside.

Making Cookies

As is usual for Christmas in July, there are things that are clearly not Christmas-y that we are doing.  I picked the first significant amount of blackberries yesterday, dreaming of a blackberry pudding on our real Christmas morning.  There are tomatoes and cucumbers nearly every day, too.  It may be just hot enough to get out the wading pool and some wash tubs later today to keep the little folks busy while I do some school planning.  Somehow, I know September is going to get here before I am completely ready!

You can see some previous Christmas in July celebrations here:


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 18th, 2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
What fun! I like the idea that you guys get to do a whole Christmas celebration that is YOURS (rather than Christmas in Dec when the simple, crafty, sweet things can so easily get overtaken by the materialistic, commercial, society-driven stuff). I always struggle to make space for OUR Christmas experience in December for that reason. The quiet and simple just seem to lose ground to everything loud and flashy around us.
Jul. 19th, 2016 09:35 am (UTC)
You are absolutely right. Taking gifts out of the equation makes it so fun.
Jul. 18th, 2016 06:30 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas! ;)
Jul. 19th, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
It looks like you are having a lot of fun! A Little House Christmas sounds so sweet. - Stacey
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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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