You know when you hit that part of the summer when you’ve really had just about all you can take of the hot, humid weather and you just want to enjoy something completely opposite of the season you’re stuck in? Well, we hit that mark here this week and decided to have a little fun with planning a Christmas in July day!
I’ve actually wanted to plan one of these days for a few years now, and as odd as it sounds, we really enjoyed being able to savor some Christmas cheer smack dab in the middle of the summer. I think it’s pretty safe to say we’re pretty big Christmas-nuts over here at our house, so we didn’t really need an excuse to celebrate our favorite time of the year.
I invited my very pregnant sister and my mom to join me and the kids for a day of Christmas movies, baking and festive attire. They didn’t disappoint in that department! I just about died when my sis showed up in her Christmas onesie jammies! Stylish!
My mom came decked out in holiday jewelry and the kids each got to pull out a Christmas shirt from their winter clothes bins.
We decided we were going to make 2 Christmas favorite treats, but put a bit of a “summer twist” on them. We made Frozen Hot Chocolate and Oreo Truffle Ball Melted Snowmen.
The truffle balls were messy to make, but so delicious when finally finished. They sort of ended up kinda misshapen, but that’s ok, since they were supposed to be melted snowmen anyway.
We had fun drawing funny expressions on their faces with black gel icing and then popping them in our mouths.
Here’s the recipe for them:
Melted Snowmen Truffle Balls:
- Oreo Sandwich Cookies
- Cream Cheese
- White Chocolate Almond Bark
- Orange Candy Melts
- Black Gel Icing
- Take 9 cookies and crush them in food processor.
- Pour into bowl and add 3 oz. cream cheese, softened.
- Mix and form into 12 round balls.
- Meanwhile, add white chocolate almond bark into a microwave safe bowl. Melt on 50% power in 1 minute increments until smooth.
- Dip cookie balls into melted white chocolate until coated.
- Transfer to waxed paper or cookie drying rack.
- Place in freezer for 5 minutes to harden.
- Remove from freezer.
- Add a small triangle cut from orange candy melts for a nose. Use melted orange candy melt to secure nose in middle of the cookie ball.
- Use black gel icing to make coal eyes and a mouth for the snowman.
- Ready to eat and enjoy!
The Frozen Hot Chocolate couldn’t have been more easier to whip up. It’s used making instant hot cocoa packets.
I simply used my blender to mix up each drink and added some crushed peppermint and whipped cream to the top. Yum!
Here’s how simple the recipe was:
Frozen Hot Chocolate:
In a blender, mix 1 packet of instant hot chocolate mix, 1/2 cup of milk & 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint and serve! (for 1 serving)
There are so many great Christmas movies to choose from, but we all agreed that we wanted to watch one of our all-time favorites, The Santa Clause.
This movie came out when I was 13 years old, and I can still remember watching it for the very first time with my family. It’s definitely one of the first Christmas movies I want to watch each season. You gotta love Tim Allen and his amazing Santa transformation throughout this film.
That about summed up our fun little Christmas in July day here in Wisconsin. I had the kids begging me to take out some decorations and the electric train, but I had to draw the line somewhere! We still managed to have fun without going too overboard. It’ll be enough to carry us over for the next 5 months until the real Christmas rolls around.
Have you ever done your own Christmas in July day? Or do you prefer to savor the holiday only in the wintertime?
Ellen Loeser says
It was a fun day! I’ve actually watched a couple Hallmark Christmas movies this month (it’s “Christmas in July” month for them too).
The iced hot chocolate was especially delicious!!
Katie Anderson says
Yes, we’ve watched a few Hallmark Home & Family shows too this month, as they are doing Christmas in July specials as well! Thanks for helping us celebrate!