Christmas In July

14572777462_91e25c08c5_zIn an effort to bring some much needed cheer and silliness to my family’s life, I decided to celebrate Christmas in July this year. I’ve been doing this parenting this for almost 20 years yet this is a first for me. I love Christmas so I’m not sure why it never occurred to me to celebrate Christmas in July but it reminds me of a famous saying:

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

I’m not planning a Pinterest-worthy affair but rather a simple Christmas breakfast with my family with hopefully some ridiculous treats, board games, ornament decorating, and CHRISTMAS MUSIC. No gifts. I went to the store today to shop for gifts, thinking I would do stockings full of little things, but I changed my mind. I don’t think giving presents would make this event any more meaningful. In fact, it would make it less so as the focus would change from the experience to the material. Also, I always feel stressed at Christmas time because I think I didn’t get everyone enough presents, or the right presents, or an even number of presents, and everyone will be disappointed. Christmas in July is practice for me in not caring about that stuff and just having FUN with my kids and husband. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts, but I love baking, holiday decorating, and sitting around the table with my family more. So that’s what we will do.

Here are some things I am considering for the yet-to-be finalized menu, none of which are ketogenic or healthy in any way but are gluten free:

Apple Fritters – these are insanely delicious.

Cinnamon Rolls – a tricky dough, but if it is too soft to roll you can just throw it in a dish and pretend it’s a cinnamon roll coffee cake. I know this.

Frozen Hot Chocolate – I’ve never made this.

Pancakes – well, I’m lying. The kids said they wanted waffles, and I don’t have a waffle maker so I will probably throw some frozen waffles in the toaster. BUT, this is my go-to gluten-free pancake recipe.

Santa Hat Brownies – never tried this but they had me at “mascarpone buttercream”.

I’ll be sure to take a few pictures and share them next week. Merry Half-Christmas to you!