Shortly after graduating college, several of my friends and I lived in the same apartment complex and created a tight-knit community complete with a shared garden and regular social functions. That particular year, July 25th fell on a Saturday so we decided to decorate one of the apartments, eat breakfast together and exchange homemade gifts. We had a blast!
Since then I have wanted to create a family tradition of celebrating Christmas in July, but haven’t yet for one reason or another. (Last year I was dealing with all day “morning” sickness.) This year I’ve decided to actually put my plan in to action!
How We Are Celebrating Christmas in July
I’m all about keeping it simple around here, so I’m not planning a detailed list of activities that I know will not get done. However, there are a few things that I would like to accomplish and enjoy.
1. Make a Birthday Cake for Jesus – This will be a fun family activity and a new adventure since I’m currently eating gluten free!
2. Perform Random Acts of Kindness – I wrote up a short list of people I would like to bless with a simple gift as a surprise on the 25th. My main focus will be our neighbors since we still haven’t met most of them.
3. Play with the Nativity Scene – I recently found the Little People Nativity Set at a consignment shop, so I will bring it out for the girls to play with for a few days. Claire loves acting out the Bible story, which brings us to…
4. Read About the Birth of Jesus – Obviously, we cannot celebrate Jesus’ birth without reading about it. We will probably read Luke 2 and a few of our favorite Christmas storybooks.
5 . Send Christmas Cards – Or maybe just a picture and/or newsletter. We don’t send Christmas cards in December, so I thought it would be fun to surprise people with something in the middle of the year.
The main focus behind these little activities is to recognize and appreciate the joy we have in Christ and to share it with others. It is my hope is that this will end up becoming a fun and meaningful family tradition that we will all look back on with fond memories in the future.
Does your family have any unusual family traditions?