Christmas in July, 2008

When I was a little girl, our missions organizations at church gathered gifts and offerings during “Christmas in July”.  Even now, the Christian radio station I listen to, KHCB Houston, celebrates Christmas in July by playing only Christmas music during their music portions of the day.  It is so wonderful!  It somehow makes the day seem cooler when I hear “O Holy Night” wafting through the hot, summer air! 

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As many of you know, the ladies in our family have a long time tradition we call “White Christmas”.  We hold this celebration in December; since Pamela has been at school, we try to wait until she comes home from PCC for Christmas Break. 

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I don’t even remember how we began having Christmas in July, but we have been doing it for several years.  Up until this year, it was just a summer version of White Christmas.  This year, though, we decided that instead of watching “White Christmas”, we would watch “Holiday Inn”, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. 

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 This turned out to be a great decision, as in the past we have actually tried to watch both during White Christmas day – way too much to squeeze into one day!! 

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It was a great day, even though for the biggest part of it there were only four of us.  I was able to leave work at 11, then ran by Walmart to pick up the goodies we didn’t already have at home.  Gen was already here when I arrived, and of course, Dannye and Emily were here cooking and decorating all morning.  Amy was able to come by for a little while – and to see the end of the movie!  The boys were excellent – swimming for a good while, then came up with the great idea of watching a movie in my bedroom.  Arulai took a very nice nap, then joined us for a little snack.  It was an altogether fun day!

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“Sisters, Sisters, there were never such devoted sisters…” (oh, wait, wrong movie!)

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Dan and Emily had everything decorated so lovely…

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…even a Christmas tree!

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And the food!!!!

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Great salad fixins’!

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Tasty dressings – and fat free to boot!

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Gen made these wonderful candied pecans!

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Here I am, in my festive Christmas Red!

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Isn’t my sister beautiful? 

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My gorgeous Daughter-in-Law

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and her cutie shoes!

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The boys, Adam and Allen, in my room watching “Star Wars”.  They were such good boys!

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The air was filled with Christmas smells

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Sweetest Amy…

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who doesn’t like the sound of “Buttermilk and Liverwurst” (quote from “White Christmas”)

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Guess who?

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Another set of devoted sisters, by heart if not by blood!

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They are beautiful, aren’t they?

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They are also quite silly!

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There they all are – I’m taking the picture. Which is odd, but I wanted some to have Dannye Reigh in them!  It was hard for me to let the day end, but alas, Gen and Amy had to go home to their husbands, and Dannye had a hot volleyball game waiting for her at Carrie’s.  Emily, Arulai, Allen, Adam & I stayed home and took a quick dip in the pool (when the reality of the JULY part of “Christmas in July” hit us!).  I still haven’t taken the decorations down, though!  I wonder if Dan would let me leave them up until December?????


I just had to include these photos for my oldest sister.

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Bill brought this little mini-chopper home – probably saved it from a dumpster!

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Al was evidently too big for the weak battery to pull, but he enjoyed trying!!

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But Adam had a blast, even on a short ride!


Merry Christmas………in July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God bless your day!




About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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9 Responses to Christmas in July, 2008

  1. chix0rgirl says:

    These are too adorable! You have such a fun family. =] Is Amy by any chance a former Polkinghorn? She looks so familiar. 

  2. ALDOG1 says:

    Dear Nina,  I loved all the pictures and of course especially getting to see a couple of extra ones of my boys.  I miss them so much.  I would even be willing to play a game of War with Adam right now. ha  I am so happy that you all had such a good time.  Its a wonderful tradition.  Love,  B

  3. pettybunch says:

    @chix0rgirl – Yes, indeed, Katherine, Amy is a former Polkinghorn.  She and Michael (my nephew) were married a year ago this month.  Such a PRECIOUS girl!!!!

  4. Okay, so I’m just sitting here wiping the drool from my chin after your salad photos. I haven’t been up long and haven’t had breakfast yet so your photos threw upon me an intense craving for a yummy chicken salad. I could probably do a wishbone bountifuls commercial right now.Christmas is awesome. Even in July.Have a great Saturday!

  5. jeroland says:

    Hi Mrs. Petty! I am so glad you found my site! As soon as I put more updates on there I was going to forward the link to all of our friends… But of course you can check it out! And I added you as a friend too! I must say, you have been my big inspiration in getting a xanga started… I’m always on your site… I love all of your pictures and the creativity with your back-drops:) You do such a great job. It sure looks like you were having a fun time with your Christmas in July celebration…Some times I feel like we have Christmas year round here… I was still shoveling snow in April I’ll be honest, I couldn’t wait for some hot weather… I’ve had just about enough with jeans and hoodies… my capris and flip-flops have been calling my name! Anyway, you all take care and I’ll check back with you soon! Love and Blessings, Erin

  6. such fun, such fun. 🙂 let’s do it again soon. 🙂

  7. AuntGen says:

    I want more salad!   It was all so delicious, scrumptious and altogether yummie, especially Emily’s accidental fudge.  How convenient it was to have such a wonderful salad, fat free dressing, and asssorted fruits and veggies to ward off those pesky twinges of guilt about having candied pecans and fudge for dessert. And don’t get me started about Dan’s iced coffee!  It was such a fun time, I hated to leave.  But Mike was up and feeling  some better by the time I made it home, so I was glad I did. Love and see you Tuesday!

  8. maryhurlbut says:

    You girls in Texas have WAY to Much Fun!These are such wonderful photos…love all the color and details.You and your sisiter looks so cute too

  9. pettybunch says:

    @broncomom – We do have a good time!  Seems we’re always finding some reason for a celebration!

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