Christmas in July!

Added 07-27-2009:

Greg Howlett is giving away his new Christian piano/orchestration CD, Portraits of Hope, at I’ve been listening to it, and it’s beautiful! I wish I could put the sample recordings here so you could listen to it.  But here are the instructions for your own free download:

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I’ve written before about our tradition of Christmas in July, which is closely linked to our tradition of White Christmas (which happens in December).  Well, this year I almost had a post entitled, “The Year It Almost Wasn’t Christmas In July”. 

Since July 25 came on a Saturday this year, our usual group couldn’t make it.  Husbands and other plans got in the way, not to mention that 2 of our usual group now live 1200+ miles from here!!  We just about decided to cancel Christmas in July, but I texted Dannye Reigh and asked if she would be up for a party of just the two of us (and Mama, if she wanted to participate).  Dannye was game, so we threw everything together at the last minute and held Christmas in July, 2009!

Much to our surprise and joy, Emily and Pamela planned Christmas in July in their homes, too!  It was so neat to text and call each other throughout the day!  Emily’s party included her entire family, while Pamela’s was just her and Will.

Our day was a bit unusual.  Mama wasn’t feeling well at all, and couldn’t enjoy anything, nor remember anything.  I really felt bad for her.  Dad mostly slept through everything, which can be vexing, because every once in awhile he looks up and says “What?!”  Then we either have to explain something or tell him we weren’t talking to him.  This can get tiring. 

We also had to watch our movie in bits.  A couple of years ago, we decided that we would watch “White Christmas” for our December party, and “Holiday Inn” for Christmas in July.  “White Christmas is a remake of “Holiday Inn” and we were trying to watch them both in one day, but it really got long.  So we came up with this plan and it has worked pretty well. 

Aunt K and Missy came over, so we paused while we visited with them awhile.  Then Bill came home, and we paused while we caught up on his day.  But we did finally watch the whole movie, and it was still as sweet as it always is!  (I still get mad at Ted Hanovr (Fred Astaire) every time I see this movie, especially when he and Linda Mason (?) jump through the Valentine decoration, tearing it up, before the party even begins!)

Since our party was pretty last-minute, the decorations were very slim, as was the food.  But we really did have a good time!

Here are a few pictures!

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Just so you’ll know we didn’t starve, I added chips and French onion dip to the menu!

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It was a cool 98 degrees today, and not much cooler in the house – remember, I live with old people!

Even in July, I am thankful that Jesus put on flesh and was born on this earth to save me, a sinner!

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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10 Responses to Christmas in July!

  1. I SO wish I could have been there!!! I just hate working Saturdays! Glad y’all got to still have it though. Loved the pictures!

  2. Dannye_Reigh says:

    We did have a good time!   And the food was really good even though there wasn’t much!

  3. Bettyeboop says:

    I am so glad you all had this.  I had wondered about it when I heard them talking about Christmas in July over here in S. A.  Apparently a lot of people celebrate it here.  Some restaurant gave away thousands of tortillas at a big party Saturday.  I’m sorry your party was so small but at least you did it and did not let the occasion slip away.  That is how we feel about our slumber party.  We have had the hardest time scheduling it this year but Fay and I were both afraid if we miss one, we may just not have any more and we don’t want that to happen.  We finally found a date near the end of August!  Its going to be so hot!  But we’ll be together and in an air conditioned house.  If its just too hot, we simply won’t leave Fay’s house. ha

  4. Bettyeboop says:

    By the way, where was Gen?  By process of elimination, she must be the one whose husband had made other plans  I hate she had to miss it.

  5. pettybunch says:

    @Bettyeboop – Mike was home Saturday, of course, but he probably never heard mention of Christmas in July this year – we almost forgot it ourselves!!  It really snuck up on us!

  6. AuntGen says:

    @Bettyeboop – I didn’t want to miss my Saturday with Mike so I never tried to work it out.  We nearly always do something fun together because it is really the only whole day we have.  I was so disappointed when we realized that CIJ was on a Saturday this year but I take solace in the fact that it will be time for White Christmas before we know it.   I’m glad (if a little jealous) that Nina and Dan had such a great time on their own, and how great is it that “our” tradition is spreading across the country via Nina’s fledglings!  Too fun!

  7. Bettyeboop says:

    Alright, Sisters, you are atarting to think you have to explain yourselves to me.  I was just commenting on what Nina said about husbands and other plans getting in the way.  Didn’t mean nothin’ by it.  I know how much Jeanne enjoys spending time with Mike.  Its a good thing.  How ’bout our new niece!!!  Lots of girls being born right now.

  8. pettybunch says:

    @Bettyeboop – Hey, you’re the one who asked! G sent me a pic via phone, and she is sooooo beautiful!  How do you pronounce her first name?

  9. Bettyeboop says:

    I posted the picture on Facebook and attached it to the email I sent out to all the family.  Right now she looks like a little Allison.  She will probably turn into a Nelson like the other two did.  ha  I am not sure how to  I texted G this morning, asking her but have not heard.  She said short “i”.  I asked her if it was Mee-la or Mile-a.  But a short “i” may mean like mill-a.  I like Meela or Mile-a so hope its one of them.  I love Gabrielle.  I may just have to call her Gaby.

  10. pettybunch says:

    @Bettyeboop – I used to teach a little girl named Meleea, and I love that name.  I thought about Gabby – we have a friend with that nickname from Gabrielle.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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