Every year around the midway point, as families enjoy much-needed vacations, and beach season is in full swing, we are reminded that Christmas is nigh. It might seem a strange juxtaposition to imagine jolly Ol’ St. Nick and his elves chilling out with tropical libations in the middle of summer, but Christmas in July has become a beloved tradition.
While this annual occasion is sometimes welcomed with hosting Christmas parties, baking cookies, listening to holiday carols, watching classic Christmas movies and even setting up a Christmas tree on the beach, everyone has their own special way of celebrating. The motivation behind Christmas in July was to encourage and promote the joy of the holiday spirit smack dab in the middle of the year. It’s almost like having 2 Christmases to look forward to!
But there is another reason why Christmas in July is so awesome. Its festive prompt gives us an opportunity to maximize our holiday decorating plans. Preparing to have the kind of home that will impress, inspire and elate our family and guests takes time, which makes July an ideal starting point. Plus, when you’re shopping for Christmas decorations, when do you think would be the optimal time: in December when everyone is scrambling at the last minute, or in July when it’s still early enough to take advantage of the best selection?
We thought Christmas in July would be the perfect opportunity to draft a list of some of our favorite holiday home decor. The Bradford Exchange has such a wide selection of Christmas decorations to make your home stand out. To get you started on all the special things Santa and his elves have been working on, please enjoy Our Top 5 Decorating Picks for Christmas in July.
Sparkle of the Season Table Centerpiece Collection
Bring peace, love and joy to your dining room table, mantel or side table with this collection inspired by the art of famed painter Thomas Kinkade. Fully sculpted villages are nestled in “snow” within these ornate metal lanterns, dramatically lit with floating light strands. Crowned with Always in Bloom® holiday bouquets, each one will brighten your home with the spirit of the season.
Thomas Kinkade North Pole Village Collection
Take a heartwarming trip to the North Pole whenever you like with this collection of handcrafted village buildings. Inspired by the Victorian holiday art of the Painter of Light™ each piece is meticulously painted by hand by artisans and illuminates from within for an inviting Christmas glow. You will also receive 3 free figurine sets with the collection – a $45 value – to encourage the creation of many jolly scenes.
COCA-COLA Through the Years Express Train Collection
Few things feel as nostalgic as the classic look (and taste) of COCA-COLA® especially during Christmas. Now over 75 years of COKE history is barreling home for the holidays with this officially licensed HO-scale electric train collection. Vintage advertising art graces every car and the locomotive headlight glows to lead the way to a fun and refreshing season. Includes a free 14-piece track and power pack with the collection.
The Life of Christ Limoges Box Collection
It was the very first Christmas that paved the way for the greatest story ever told, now beautifully captured with this Limoges box collection. From one of France’s most prestigious porcelain makers, these works of art depict the life of Christ, from the Nativity to his Ascension, and can be displayed on the custom 3-foot-tall metal cross. It’s sure to bring beauty, artistry and inspiration to your home during the holiday season and for years to come.
Once Upon a Slipper Ornament Collection
For Disney fans, we’ve found the perfect fit for your Christmas decorating plan: a collection of custom-designed shoe ornaments inspired by your favorite Disney characters. From Cinderella and Snow White, to Tinker Bell and Belle, each sparkling pair of two is sure to enchant your Christmas tree with hand-painted details and festive trimmings. You won’t want to miss a single one!
Feeling a little of that Christmas spirit? We certainly hope we could inspire a few festive feelings as we look forward to the coming 2022 holiday season. We also wanted to remind you that all our recommendations above are collections that are set up with our convenient subscription plans, so shopping now ensures that you’ll have so much more to show off when December arrives. We wish you the best of luck with all your decorating plans and a very merry Christmas in July to you and your family.Christmas in July: Our Top 5 Decorating Picks by The Bradford Exchange