Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 25 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 25

CIJ day 25 / jour 25

Merry Christmas in July!!!

A playlist for Christmas in July:

Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
Carly Jamison – I’m Getting A Ukulele For Christmas
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Ella Fitzgerald – Christmas Island
Caribbean Island Steel Drum Troupe – Jingle Bells
Janet Devlin – Happy Holidays
Colbie Caillet – Christmas In The Sand
Bellamy Brothers – Tropical Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Father Christmas
Noelani And The Leo Nahenahe Singers – Little Drummer Boy
Jimmy Buffett – Christmas In The Caribbean
Kenny Chesney – All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan
The Holly Lane Band – Deck The Halls
Nat King Cole – I Saw Three Ships
The Dukes Of Surf – Aloha Christmas
The Hawaii Calls Orchestra – Numbah One Day Of Christmas
Lord Douglas Byron – Surfin’ Santa
The Enchanters – Mambo Santa Mambo
Kalei Gamiao – Winter Wonderland
Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
Don Ho – The Song Of Christmas
Lord Kitchener – Christmas Greetings
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot Christmas
Jake Shimabukuro – Ave Maria
Lucky Luck – Kanaka Christmas

If you follow the link you’ll get to watch all these videos on youtube.

Hope you enjoyed my Christmas in July posts for 2017.  Have fun!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 24 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 24

CIJ day 24 / jour 24
Smell of Christmas game

Here is a poem about the smells of Christmas from Lillie Williams.  It is a lovely poem.

The smell of Christmas
Looking through the kitchen 
Window starring at the sky
Singing soft melodies
As the hour passes by
Snuggle beside my oven with
 A cup of coffee in my hand
Watching the snowflakes fall
Like a blanket covering the land
The smell of pine aroma 
Lingers in every room 
 And baking apple pies
 All after noon
The smell of Christmas
Somehow fills the air
Lights twinkling on the tree
And toys everywhere
Friends and love ones
Sat down for a talk
With the holiday season
Embedded in their thought
Children around the fire 
Place eating cookies, and
Drinking milk
Dad relaxing in his chair
After a long tiresome trip
The holiday season is
Bringing good cheer
And the smell of Christmas
Lingers near
On a cold winter morning
Drinking hot tomato soup
And a jolly old man in 
His little red suit
Ham, potatoes, to 
The table they bring
A feast so good, its
Fit for a king
Prayers and love
That fills the air
And the smell of 
Christmas is everywhere.

Copyright © Lillie Williams | Year Posted 2012 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 23 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 23

CIJ day 23 / jour 23

Christmas books
Laura Ingalls

An old-fashioned Christmas – 4 love stories

Love all those Gooseberry Patch books!  Full of recipes and ideas

Country Home old-fashioned Christmas

Friday, 21 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 21 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 21 Week 4: A Real Christmas

CIJ day 21 / jour 21
Friday Night at the movies!

Arthur Christmas (animated film)

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Enjoy the movie and don’t forget your cup of hot chocolate and Christmas sweater while you watch it.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 20 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 20

CIJ day 20 / jour 20
Christmas recipe

If you follow the link you will find a photo tutorial

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters
Prep Time:   3 Hours
Difficulty:    Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Servings:     18 Servings
·         2 bags (12 Ounce) Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Juice Of Half A Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 packages 8 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Size) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 12 whole Graham Crackers (the 4-section Rectangles)
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
Combine the cherries and honey in a medium saucepan and cook it over medium heat until hot and bubbly. Pour in the whiskey and stir to combine, then let it cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the butter until it melts.

Mix together the lemon juice with the cornstarch, then pour it in. Continue cooking for 2-3 minute until thicker. Add the almond extract.

Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours, or until chilled.

Crush the graham crackers and spoon into the bottom of mini wine glasses.

Add cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk to bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip them together until fluffy.

Fill a pastry bag or zipper bag with the filing. Snip off the end and pipe a big helping over the crumbs in each of the glasses.

Top with a big spoonful of the cherry topping.Top with sliced almonds.

(Note: Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter into the crumbs if you’d like them to be a little more moist.)
(Note: 1 package of cream cheese makes for a more pudding-like texture; 2 packages makes for a thicker texture.)

Thanks Pionneer Woman!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 19 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 19

CIJ day 19 / jour 19

Sand snowmen / summer Santa pictures

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 17 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 17

CIJ day 17 / jour 17

Craft day

If you follow the link, the tutorial is available

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 15 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 15

CIJ day 15 / jour 15

Pictures for Christmas in July

Enjoy the pictures and your party if you have one!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 14 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 14

CIJ day 14 / jour 14
Friday Night at the Movies!

A Hallmark movie – Christmas at Cartwright’s.  Starring Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan and Wallace Shawn.

A single mom gets a holiday job as a department store Santa to help boost her finances, and then an angel enters her life and brings about some positive changes, including the spark of a new romance.

It has all that is needed in a Christmas movie…. Santa, love, elf, a mean person, …  Of course, it’s obvious when she dresses as Santa that she is not a man, but nobody seems to notice.  I like Alicia Witt, I find her so pretty and Wallace Shawn as the elf is terrific.

Hope you enjoy the movie!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 13 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 13

CIJ day 13 / jour 13

Craft day!

Items needed:
·         Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 2oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
·         Epsom Salt
·         Mason Jars
·         Brush
·         Optional: twine, Christmas picks

Photo tutorial can be followed through the link

These are beautiful for gifts or for yourself

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 12 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 12

CIJ day 12 / jour 12

Christmas in July party ideas





12 days to Christmas in July http://www.redheadbabymama.com/xmasinjuly/

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 11 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 11

CIJ day 11 / jour 11

Why do I do CIJ?

I’ve been blogging about Christmas in July since 2009.  All those who know me know that I’m a Christmas-nut. 

I start my gift-buying, organizing and crafting in January for the following December.  I love looking at Christmas blogs and pinterest for Christmas ideas. 

Since December is always so busy I lack time to update my blog.  However, for Christmas in July I have all my sweet time to schedule posts.  I start thinking about ideas and prepping  for Christmas in July in April.

So that explains it all!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 10 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 10

CIJ day 10 / jour 10

Christmas in July food ideas
Since it’s so hot in July we need light food ideas

Kiwi fruit and strawberry tree

Pigs in a blanket Christmas tree

Source: http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/christmas/a45149/pigs-in-a-blanket-christmas-tree-tutorial/

Reindeer sloppy Joes (just use your regular sloppy joe idea)


 Have fun with your food!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 9 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 9

CIJ day 9 / jour 9

Christmas in July on youtube

Christmas in july with Gail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5ja7SksdRU

These are from previous CIJ’s but so fun to watch!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 8 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 8 / Week 2 : All about Christmas in July

CIJ day 8 / jour 8

CIJ blogs I follow

Mrs T’s Christmas kitchen: http://mychristmaskitchen.blogspot.ca/

I’m always on the lookout for more CIJ blogs to follow, so fun to see everyone posting about Christmas.  If you know of any other blogs that feature Christmas in July, please share J.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 7 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 7

CIJ day 7 / jour 7

Friday Night at the movies!

White Christmas (1954)
Starring: Bill Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen

A successful song and dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont Inn of their former army commander.

I love the dresses and costumes in that movie.  Can you believe I first watched that movie only last year?   

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 6 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 6

CIJ day 6 / jour 6

How to stay in good health DURING the holidays

·         Start with porridge – it stabilizes the blood sugar level and helps control the appetite later in the day.  Add a dollop of probiotic yogourt
·         Stay hydrated – water / herbal tees.  Start with a warm glass of water when you wake up – you could add a little lemon in the water.
·         Pre-party snack : yogourt, banana, soup…
·         Buffet – fill half you plate with salads / veggies and proteins
·         Eat slowly / chew your food.  Remember it takes 20 minutes to reach the brain that the stomach is full.
·         Alcohol – alternate each glass of alcohol with a glass of water
·         Stay active – walk, dance
·         Do what you enjoy
·         Have a home-spa day (use Epsom salt in your bath)
·         Sleep / nap
·         Wash your hands often!  Wipe down high-touch surfaces.
·         A Chinese self-massage in the morning http://qigonghealingarts.blogspot.ca/2011/11/chinese-self-massage-in-morning.html

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Christmas in July 2017 day 5 / Noël en juillet 2017 jour 5

CIJ day 5 / jour 5

Healthy Christmas recipes

 Yogourt-strawberry dessert

Cranberry-almond spinach salad

Low-fodmap lemon roasted chicken

No-bake chocolate chia energy bars

I’ve made these in balls and they are very good!