Christmas in July: 13 Things to Do By Mid October

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Yes, the weather outside IS frightful and not from the cold or snow. A heat wave, poor ozone layer, and smokey haze have me bunkered down at home. Some retail stores (like Harrod’s Christmas World) are getting ready to launch their Christmas line.

Go here to view Harrod’s 2007 Christmas Parade. While normally this wouldn’t appeal. Today it does. Doesn’t it just get you ready for Christmas chores?

I ‘ve made a Christmas check off list of things I can do this summer.

  1. Start buying stamps. Get out Christmas cards – I bought some last year on clearance. Put stamps on envelopes.
  2. Input all my addresses in a label program.
  3. 3.  Print address labels & return address labels. Put the labels on the envelopes.
  4. 4.  Watch a Christmas movie while putting on labels. Perhaps, White Christmas or The Polar Express.
  5. 5.  Start working on handmade Christmas presents. Tangled Thread  has this very same idea about starting Christmas presents in July Challenge.
  6. Plan Christmas card for CNC women. Write letter and address envelopes.
  7. Pick 3 cookie recipes. Put on calendar when I will make these. Buy ingredients for the recipes. Should I participate in a cookie swap?
  8. Plan Christmas Day Meal. Plan what to buy and make ahead. Put on calendar.
  9. Make a gift buying list. Start buying the gifts. Wrap pressies as they come into the house.
  10. 10. Make Christmas wreath. Contact Geri for help.
  11. 11. Advent Preparations – Check with Google to see when the first Sunday of Advent is. Find wreath, candles, and devotional.
  12. 12. Prepare Christmas letter. Print. Fold. Stuff in envelopes. Watch another Christmas movie. What  would you suggest?
  13. Organize Christmas photo with me, Chip and the kiddos. Print. Put into envelopes.

Just think how much easier Christmas will be, if I actually finish this list before November.

Do you ever do Christmas “chores” in the Summer or Fall?  What Christmas things would you like to accomplish in the next 90 days? By say, October 17, 2008.

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Full Throttle Doesn’t Phase Me Christmas Dam is Broken – It’s OK to Sing Christmas Songs

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  • 1. Theresa Lindamood  |  . at .

    One year when I was at Girl Scout camp we had Christmas in July and it was fun! We don’t do a lot for Christmas but this year I want to prepare a little more in advance for advent for the kids. That will have to wait for the fall though since we’ll be gone for the next 5 or so weeks. I do usually make most of my Chrsitmas gifts so I need to begin early. I try to be done by Thanksgiving since many are mailed and I hate being out in the crowds at last minute. It’s a great idea to get your address labels all ready for your cards. That’s one thing I really need to do!


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    How awesome, Theresa, that you make your gifts. When I was newly married, I did that too. Mainly because of finances. What types of gifts do you make?

    I pray that your five weeks away is a restful, fun time. Do you hope to do anything in particular?


  • 3. doodah  |  . at .

    You know, this was a good post for me. I love Christmas, and I love doing “handmade Christmas” as much as possible. And back in the day it was possible for me to wait until I got that “Christmassy feeling” in October. But nowadays, that’s too late. I never, ever have enough time, and end up feeling stressed and frazzled. And I end up in some mall at the 11th hour agonizing over my Christmas list. I like your list – I think I’ll use it (tweaked for my life/needs) as a little guideline of things to do before crunch time.

    Christmas Movies I like to watch while baking/crafting/addressing cards are: White Christmas, While You Were Sleeping, and, um Lord of the Rings. 🙂


  • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

    Doodah, do share your handmade gift ideas. And share your tweaked list, if you don’t mind. I mind have to do some tweaking too.

    Lord of the Rings goes with any season or mood. I think I need to have a trilogy weekend. Its been too mnay years since I’ve seen While You Were Sleeping, so I don’t rememebr it much.

    I’m listeing to Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas” by the Pretenders.

    Makes me want to start on my Christmas list tonight. But, alas I have a meeting (a fun one though) and homework.


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