Why We’re Celebrating Christmas in July

An unofficial holiday season, Christmas in July is a little shout-out to the folks in the southern hemisphere who are currently in the midst of their winter season. Aussies & Kiwis will often celebrate Christmas during this time of year since the frosty weather puts them in the Christmas spirit! Christmas in July is a great time to enjoy all the fun, crafty things Christmas entails, like holiday cards & gifts, but without having to wait until the end of the year! And who says you only get to have holiday fun in December?

Some fun ways that you can be festive in the summertime:

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– Bake a batch of gingerbread cookies, and in addition to using those tried-and-true snowflake & Christmas tree cookie cutters, you can free-hand some palm trees & golden suns. They may turn out a bit wonky, but that’s half the fun! (Or you can cheat and buy summertime cookie cutters to create photo-worthy cookies, like the ones on the right. Yum!)
– Decorate a small outdoor shrub with strings of popcorn and streamers. Sure, it’s not a Christmas tree, but you can still enjoy decorating with friends and family, and the neighborhood birds can enjoy the popcorn!
– Find some old socks and embellish them with sequins, buttons, and whatever else will make for colorful stockings to hang by the chimney or around the house! Inexpensive glue guns start at about $5.00 at most craft stores, and then you can start gluing up a storm. Surprise your loved ones with stockings filled with random goodies, like fun paper clips, silly BandAids, and other items they can use year-round.

Another great way to enjoy Christmas in July and celebrate the fun of the winter holidays is to start creating fun holiday gifts & accessories early! See below for our Christmas in July classes.

Candy Cane Earrings
Sat., July 28th, 10am-11:30am – $20
Get a head start on your holiday gifts by learning how to create festive, wire-work candy cane earrings. Perfect to give as a gift, or to wear to a Christmas in July party!

Snowman Earrings
Sun., July 29th, 10am-11:30am – $20
These little cuties are so adorable, you’ll want to make a pair for everyone you know — including yourself, of course!

“Let It Snow” Shaker Card
Sun., July 29th, 12pm-1:30pm – $20
Add some personal, festive flair to your holiday cards by creating a “snow”-filled card using seed beads.