Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Merry Christmas in July!




Merry "Christmas in July" to you all!







You know some of you may think the whole Christmas in July thing is a bit crazy nutty kookoo. 

And for most you, well, it probably is just that!






But when one grows up in Vacationland - a place where many of the residents live in the summertime only, on one of the Great Lakes on an island - well, it is can be a big deal.

Because summertime vacation folks & neighbors
 never see one another during the actual REAL holidays. 

And seeing one another  year after year as summertime neighbors vacationers may become real true friends - living in their cabins or on boats, or summer homes....even trailers or campers!
So some of us DECORATE boats and the like and really DO have a holiday celebration in July- with all the bells and Yuletide that we can muster!





I no longer live there, nor have a boat - but I do visit, still have family and friends who do.....and July 25th can't come around without the fond and special memories that keep Christmas July strong in my heart.

 

 





And as crazy busy as our own real holidays are in December, with all the travelling, dining, shopping, baking, wrapping, church and social committments......what better reason to have a tea or a nice little party than July 25th for Christmas in July got all those dear friends you tend to have to ignore in December?


(It's a great occassion to get more use out of your gorgeous china!)




 



So, let the festivities begin!

(And let's have a happy new year, too while we're celebrating!)





Thanks for stoppin' by!

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33 comments:

  1. *Giggles here* While you were visiting me, I was visiting you! I was going to suggest you link up but you alread had. That's funny and so glad you did!
    I LOVE your festive teacup and china! They are so pretty. Your photos are bright and cheery; perfect for Christmas in July!
    I have to look for another Christmas teacup. The one I have is nice but I would like to find one with poinsettias on it.
    I did a Christmas in July post at my Christmas Pudding blog today.
    Hope you're having a delightful week, Michele.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. Hi Michele,
    What a festive Christmas in July setting. Your teacup and teapot are beautiful. I love all things Christmas. When we went to Huntsville they had a Christmas shoppe all year long and I loved it! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  3. What beautiful pieces, Michele! I just love that teacup and saucer! I am already thinking along the lines of Christmas; decor I want to make before it is too late {which seems to happen to me every year}, gifts I'd like to make, plus what am I going to put in my Etsy. I've seen some lovely things posted this past week and I'm Pinning away. It would be great if I could be ahead of myself this year!

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  4. How unique - it really is Christmas in JULY - we all feel so much better and COOLER seeing this post! Thanks for linking to Tea In The Garden!

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  5. What pretty Christmas dishes! Now could you magically bring us some cooler weather...to really put us in the mood!

    Sharon

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  6. I love the Christmas tea cup!!!! I think that's so cute that you celebrated Christmas in July with your vacationing friends. I want to live on a vacation island...ahhhhhh. :)

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  7. I love your little teapot! I think Christmas in July is a wonderful idea!

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  8. What a great idea! I think it would be fun to start such a party here. ;-)
    Love your Christmas tea set. Thanks for sharing.......Sarah

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  9. A Christmas Cup of Tea...brings back sweet memories. This island in a Great Lake where folks celebrate Christmas in July sounds magical and delightful.

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  10. Beautiful settings! I've always wanted Christmas dishes other than the obligatory appetizer plates and wine glasses! Of course then I'd be nervous wreck about one getting broken! But life is for living, right?

    Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower. BTW, you have a beautiful blog.

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  11. Hi Michelle !
    I had to giggle at your message on my blog. Yes inland opal mines are really hot in Summer. I live 5 mins from the beach so thankfully I'll hopefully never know that heat.
    Happy Christmas in July ! We celebrated last year and although it didn't feel quite right we all had lots of fun and gave small gifts to each other. Yes we do have Christmas crackers and our family always wear the silly paper hats from inside the crackers and we also read out the terrible jokes that go along with them. We always have a traditional turkey dinner even though we have the air conditioning set on freezing to compensate for the heat outside. We often hit the beach too, some people have Christmas breakfast there.
    Yes our worlds are polar opposites aren't they....lol
    I really love your Christmas in July post, it warmed up my morning and made me smile xox

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  12. I like tea cups and collect them but only have two Christmas cups. Love your Christmas tea post!

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  13. What a lovely post, love the Christmas teapot and the cup n saucer is so pretty too. I love Christmas so would enjoy a July christmas. thank you for sharing...

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  14. Such a lovely teacup!
    Interesting post. Vacationland...summer...it sounds wonderful for me, we are in winter here.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina.

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  15. ho ho ho? Some pretty china and neat thoughts about Christmas in July!

    I was over on another blog and they spotted Santas in Hobby Lobby - they looked hot in their beards and red suits . . . elsewhere I visited a snowy beach scene and cooled down immediately .... a bouquet of flowers .... a bouquet of blogs and seasons in and out of seasons! Fun!

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  16. I love this! I have the book and a few pieces of this too. Your vignette is gorgeous! Dreaming of cooler weather! Thanks for the inspiration in Vacationland!

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  17. I love all your holly china. I don't believe I have ever seen that pattern before. Very pretty.

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  18. I love your christmas china! I was in Hobby Lobby on Monday thinking I could catch some summer clearance, mostly all gone, they were putting out fall and christmas. I love christmas anytime of the year.

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  19. It's a lovely idea to share the Christmas spirit with those you would not ordinarily see at Christmas time.

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  20. Christmas in July! I like it! But I adore Christmas ... except when I start thinking about already being behind in my gift making! Let the Holidaze begin! Love your china.

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  21. I live in a summer resort by the St. Lawrence river. We used to have Christmas in July with parade and all.Some how they haven't recently.They even decorated boats and drew crowds of people into town. Love your dishes. Haven't seen any like them.

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  22. Happy Holidays!!! Whenever....

    Joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  23. Merry, merry Christmas to you! I love your Christmas china :)

    blessings,
    karianne

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  24. beautiful, michele! merry xmas!!

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  25. super! dla mnie święta mogą być cały rok na okrągło :)))))

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  26. A very pretty Christmas in July!

    Carolyn

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  27. I love your special tea service, Michele! It's so pretty, even in July. xo

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  28. Merry Christmas to you my friend! I loved this post. Have a good weekend...

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  29. What a fabulous reason to bring all the lovely winter dishes into the sweet summer sunshine. I never had thought of that. Your sweet pieces are just perfect. xo marlis

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  30. Hi Michele, Your tea set is so pretty. Love the holly and berries. You visited my new blog with my first post the other day for the cloche party of Marty's, I'm Diane. You were looking for a way to sign up to my blog. I have my followers button up now if you want to follow me. I am a new follower of yours on google friends.

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  31. Love your Christmas tea vignette, and I remember the book "A Cup of Christmas Tea". Lovely story. Thanks for sharing your Christmas in July spirit.
    Babs

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  32. I love it. I celebrate Christmas in July, too. That's one of my favorite tea cups

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  33. Hi Michele, I love the fact that you really do have a Christmas in July. What a fun tradition. I love your wonderful Christmas dishes. I have the mini Christmas tea set, the ornament, and the book. It is one of my favorite Christmas stories and always brings a tear to my eyes everytime I read it. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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