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It's Christmas in July! Celebrate the Joy of Christmas in the Middle of Summer by Getting Together with Family and Friends for a Reunion!

When you have a far-flung family that can’t get together for the holiday, family reunions pose the perfect opportunity to have a Christmas in July celebration!  Let Uncle Johnny play Santa Claus  for all the little kids he’s never met before and have Great-Great-Grandma Lucy pass on her famous pumpkin pie recipe to the next generation!  Family reunions are a treasured tradition and the perfect opportunity for families who never get the chance to celebrate the Christmas holidays together to share more holiday traditions with other branches of the family.  So send out those personalized Christmas invitations at least six months in advance so everyone has plenty of notice and get ready to host relatives from far and wide for a fabulous and festive Christmas in July themed family reunion! 

Greet the guests with a festive Christmas banner that you’ve personalized with a custom message welcoming the family to your Christmas in July family reunion!  Just because you’re family reunion is taking place in the dog days of summer doesn’t mean you can’t pull out all your favorite Christmas decorations and deck the halls with bells and baubles in red, green and gold.  But if that seems like too much work or a little too over the top for your taste, you can take traditional summer decorations and give them a Christmas twist. 

- Christmas lights are just as festive in July as they are in December!  And it will be a lot easier to put them up when the weather’s nice, so drape those lights on all the trees, gutters, and windows you can reach!  If you don’t want to go all out with colored lights, stick with basic white, which will still look festive. 

- Christmas-up your tiki torches by adding red velvet bows to the bases. 

- Line your driveway with Christmas luminaries. Create fake snowballs by covering Styrofoam balls with silver and white glitter and use them as decorations, along with cardboard boxes you’ve wrapped up as festive packages. 

- If you don’t want to pull out the Christmas tree and all the trimmings, consider a Christmas Tree scene setter on the wall. 

- Crank up the Christmas tunes to set the mood—the Beach Boys Christmas albums are perfect for this occasion! 

Consider giving the traditional Christmas menu a summertime twist.  Instead of fixing a ham or turkey dinner with all the fixings, why not make it a summer picnic instead?  Serve up a honey-glazed ham or turkey sliced up for sandwiches, along with green bean casserole, made with green beans from the garden of course, potato salad instead of mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, macaroni salad instead of stuffing, and a decadent chocolate cake instead of the Yule log.  Serve everything up on fun and festive Christmas paper goods instead of the fine china that was passed down from your grandmother. 

If you’re expecting a large crowd at your family reunion, it probably won’t be practical for everyone to exchange gifts, but what’s a Christmas celebration with the fun and frenzy of unwrapping packages?  You can organize a grab bag where everyone brings a gift that falls within a specific price point, or for something a little crazier, have a white elephant exchange!  Have everyone bring the craziest, most useless, or strangest gift they can find.  It’s up to you if they buy a gift or are limited to gifts they’ve been given!  There are several ways to organize the exchange.  You can set it up as a silent auction, with everyone bidding on the gifts they want, or you can do a grab bag or a version of hot potato, where the gifts get passed around in a circle while the music is playing.  Once the music stops, everyone is stuck with the gift they’re holding! 

Christmas in July (or June or September, or whatever month you’re holding your reunion!) is a fantastic theme for your family reunion, adding an extra layer of fun to your festivities.  It also serves as a great way to break the ice if you’re expecting lots of people who have never met before. After all, no one can resist humming along to “Jingle Bells” and sharing the love when the carols are playing and the kids are playing around the Christmas tree!  So start planning your Christmas in July family reunion and get ready for the good times to follow! 

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