Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Celebrating Christmas in July

There are many different stories on how Christmas in July started. Some state that its origin can be traced to an old opera song that was popular during the 1890s. Others relate that the celebrations were started in a girl’s summer camp in North Carolina. Some say that it was brought about by people’s desire for cold weather during the warmer times of the year.

Whether or not these stories are true, it has now grown into a popular non-official holiday: a day for people to bring back the cheer of Christmas in their lives. The following are some ideas you can use to celebrate a fun Christmas in July.

The Theme

Conjure the traditional image of Christmas by recreating a winter wonderland theme with snowmen made of Styrofoam and decorations inspired by candy canes. You can also fill your home with mistletoes, pinecones, and Christmas lights for authenticity.

Deck Your Halls

Decorate your hallways and doorways to announce the arrival of Christmas in July. Suspend oversized Christmas balls from your doorway’s light fixtures. Add artificial wreathes with silver or red ornaments. For fresh ambience with a dramatic look, light scented citrus candles around your home. Just make sure to not place it near things that are easily flammable.

If you’re having a party, include the right props and costumes. Add Santa hats, stockings, and candy canes to your centerpieces that your guests can play with.

A Christmas Feast

A Christmas in July feast isn’t complete without the usual holiday fare. Prepare a traditional Christmas meal of glazed ham, mince pies, and eggnog. Follow up by serving your guests huge bowls of ice cream—a way to remind them of the snow they’re missing. If you want something still somewhat rooted in the summer, serve shaved-ice slushies using fresh summer berries and fruit syrup. It’s a great way to bring the two seasons together!

Christmas Trees

What is a Christmas celebration without a tree? For an ultimate Christmas celebration, bring out your artificial Christmas tree and decorate it with your favorite ornaments and lights.

If you‘re missing the cold weather, decorate the tree with pine cones of different sizes. You can use tinned copper to tie them securely. There are many craft stores that sell pine cones all throughout the year if you can’t find any in your garden.

Christmas in July is about bringing the cheer of the holidays into the heat of summer. With these ideas and some imagination, you can make a successful party that everyone will enjoy. Have fun planning your party!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.