While we may still be just over five months away from the traditional Christmas holiday, there are some countries in the southern hemisphere that actually celebrate Christmas in July! For these countries July can actually be their coldest month, while December falls in the peak of summer. By gathering friends and family to celebrate Christmas in July, residents south of the equator can enjoy the kind of Christmas atmosphere that we get to experience up here. Christmas in July celebrations can include social parties, Christmas trees, and decorations.
a great solution: no fake needles, no pinecones - just a shaped coat hanger and some evenly-cut scraps of paper. You could maybe try and make this even more special by cutting up your old Christmas cards for a punch of colour and some words of love.
step-by-step instructions for cutting out paper snowflakes. Paper snowflakes can also be used to embellish cards, party invitations or gift tags. You could try cutting them from old book or magazine pages, and maybe even run some string through them and create an easy garland!
great collection of more than 20 felt Christmas ornaments from Better Homes & Gardens with links and instructions for assembly.
create your own! You can almost make these entirely of things you probably already have lying around at home, with the exception of the cracker snaps you'll need to make the crackers "pop" when they're pulled. If you take the time to make these yourself, you can put meaningful messages and surprises in your crackers for a personalized touch. This would be a great way to use all of those random scraps of wrapping paper that everyone keeps to use later, and then it never happens.
collection of ideas from Better Homes & Gardens for ways that you can upcycle your old cards into decorations for any Yuletide festivities. Try any of these, and make those old season's greetings and messages of love a permanent part of your Christmas holidays.
Calvin Coolidge once said that "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind." So whether you're planning a summer Yuletide celebration, or getting a head-start on December, I would like to wish our Reuse-It readers all the joy and wonder of the season. Sea sun's greetings, everyone!
- Nichole (Volunteer)