Christmas in July

Hello beautiful souls,

I do not celebrate Christmas in July because I’m not all about commercialism. Plus, I believe in celebrating each holiday as they come. I mean no offense to those of you who do celebrate, though. Do you want to put up your Christmas tree in the middle of summer and watch the cheesy romance Christmas Hallmark movies? Go ahead and do whatever makes your little heart happy. Who am I to judge you?

With that being said, however, I have not been overly fond of the 87-degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures with 80% humidity. I am not complaining, though. I feel like old man winter extended his welcome, and I begged mother nature for sundress and flip flop weather.

Since I am working to share my hundreds of photographs with you, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share the pictures I took last Christmas. Maybe it will help cool us off a little and, if nothing else, bring that sense of Christmas joy! Here goes nothing!

Christmas in July

Cookies:

My best friend, Amanda, and I started a tradition many years ago to bake Christmas cookies together. Now that she lives in Michigan, this tradition will not happen yearly. Still, I am hopeful for more cooking baking together in the future and the possibility of introducing this tradition to other friends and family members. If nothing else, I still enjoy the act of Christmas cookie baking on my own. I make an entire day of it!

I finally found the perfect recipe for chocolate chip cookies (the secret is browned butter). I used the recipe and substituted M&M’s for chocolate chips. SOOOOO good!

Of course, I couldn’t not bake chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee are one of my favorite things on earth!

Snickerdoodles!

World Peace Cookies. These cookies are named World Peace because if everyone in the world could taste one, they surely would bring world peace! These soft, chocolaty cookies melt in your mouth the minute they hit your tongue. They are my new favorite cookie to bake, give away, and eat!

I also perfected peanut butter cookies last year. I am addicted to these, so I do not make them often.

“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree”

There is such a thing as a Christmas Queen, right?

Playing with Christmas lights

New Christmas mug

Oh Christmas mug, oh Christmas mug

Have I mentioned my love of mugs? This is my favorite Christmas mug!

I received a new mug for Christmas, but really, I wanted to show off my pretty manicure!

Food!

Christmas Eve Charcuterie board

Spiced wine

Linzer cookies and tea!

Candy

Christmas Decor

A new favorite ornament!

Window display

I have a love for gnomes, and my best friend loves to gift them to me. I’m such a lucky gal!

I need more practice, but these didn’t turn out too badly for my first polymer clay ornaments.

My mom always displayed this picture of Santa and Me. Now that she’s no longer here, my dad doesn’t decorate for Christmas, so I display it. I look so thrilled! Haha.

When my brother was born, my grandmother bought him a Santa bank. Ten years later, I came along, and she managed to find another one just like his. My brother’s bank has ’74 written on the bottom of Santa’s boot, and mine has ’84. Both are considered antiques now.

Neil’s grandmother gave me this Christmas card many years ago. I loved it so much that I framed it and put it out every year. I love it so much! My mom made the woodland Santa next to it, and the smaller Santa is a set of Russian dolls.

Vintage Santa from the 1920s.

Christmas Day Selfie

Weather

Frosted window

Snow, snow, snow

Bonus New Year’s Pictures

Homemade mushroom and pepperoni pizza!

Baby Yoda (Grogu) pastry

My favorite way to spend New Year’s Eve is with a glass of wine and lounging in comfy clothes!

I know this was a long post, but I enjoy sharing my photography with you. Thanks for spending Christmas in July with me!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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21 Responses to Christmas in July

  1. Paula Light says:

    Wow, those cookies look good! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos 🙂

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  2. Brad Osborne says:

    Suddenly, I want to believe in Santa all over again!

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  3. They certainly look yummy! Great cookies!

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  4. I couldn’t figure out why there were so many Christmas movies on the television, lol

    Like

  5. utahan15 says:

    xmos in july
    no a ten nine
    win yes o s
    but ugly
    hyde misusing our bullpen
    we must sweep the lonesome strangers
    for odor s and robison crusoe chrinos sake
    oof~

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  6. The V Pub says:

    A wonderful reminder that holidays are about family. And oh, that last photo. 😍

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Butterfly says:

    Nice post 🤠

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  8. Oh my goodness you are fond of cookies – l too have a special fondness for cookies. I remember reading an article a few years back about a Japanese cookie maker who was convinced that cookies were great for chest growth … he may have had a point or two 🙂

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  9. Jeff says:

    Wow! Love the photos! Now I’m craving cookies. And pizza! Haha! I, too, seem to have an over-fondness for coffee mugs. We have so many that there is no space for any more (kind of like books), yet I keep acquiring more. I love how you do Christmas! I don’t do “Christmas in July” either. I honestly didn’t even know that was a “thing.”

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you! Cookies and pizza are must haves! I have a bit of an obsession with coffee mugs. Like you, I am running out of cabinet space, but I can’t not buy one that catches eye! Im the same way with books. My TBR list is a mile long, but I just purchased a new book yesterday! 🤣🤷‍♀️

      Yeah, I’ve seen entire towns have Christmas in July celebrations. It’s not my thing, but to each their own.

      Thank you for the lovely comment. 🙂

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