Happy Birthday Clement C. Moore - July 15
Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy Christmas in July!
I can't believe that it was 15 years ago that I decided to throw my first Christmas in July party to bring together all of my college friends that I so dearly missed over the summer break. I prepared a Christmas-style feast of roasted chicken and my mom's holiday mashed potatoes, baked and decorated Christmas cut-out cookies, and planned a gift exchange. This tradition lasted only two years, but I have many great memories of those parties. This July, I hoped to create Christmas-like memories in the middle of July for my children.
|Christmas in July 1998|
One night this week, I slid a picture book version of The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore at the bottom of the stack of books we were reading before bedtime. When I read the title, my oldest son said, "Why are we reading this book? It's not Christmas." I ignored his comment because I feared that I would say something that would reveal my intentions for reading the book on this seemly ordinary night in July. No further questions came as they were distracted by completing the rhymes in each stanza as I read the book not just once, but twice.
|I love this photo! You wouldn't know it is July.|
|She couldn't wait for the rest of the family to open her presents.|
|The boys woke up next and said, "Why is the Christmas tree up, Dad?"|
|I love that my wife and I were able to pull off this surprise!|
|This smile made lugging the Christmas tree box up the steps completely worth it!|
|He couldn't believe that he was getting new toys!|
|My oldest daughter woke up after everyone else had opened their presents. She was quite excited to receive the baton that she spotted at the store a few days earlier!|
|We had special Christmas-style breakfast feast too! Pancakes!|
Until then, Happy Christmas in July to all, and to all a good night!
1. Biography - Wikipedia
2. Activity Extension idea - Scholastic
3. Christmas in July information - Wikipedia
4. Read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore with picture by Jessie Wilcox Smith - Project Gutenberg