The only thing that I love more than summer?

More than the Fourth of July?

More than strawberries and granola?

More than ocean breezes and summer sunsets and that first sip of hot coffee overlooking the ocean?



And it’s six months away.

Or is it?

Here at Thistlewood we are celebrating Christmas next week.


Christmas tours and Christmas projects and Christmas ideas and things to put in your Christmas cart.

Can’t wait until next week for a little mistletoe and handmade wrapping paper? Oh, good. I can’t either.

Here’s a little Christmas to tide us over. 🙂

(total aside: Christmas decorating hint. Make a Christmas pin board now and pin all of these ideas for December).

This farmhouse Christmas tour from last year.


Don’t tell the other rooms that this one might have been my favorite.

And we may or may not be making that paper tree next week.

Planning ahead for Christmas?

Make it mindful.

Here are 25 things to do with your family this Christmas.

Have you already picked out your colors for this year?

Red and green?

Blue and white?

Blush and gold?

Here are nine simple ways to reuse your Christmas decor this year.

Want to get organized this Christmas?

Pin this free downloadable Christmas organizer I created.

You can see it here.

This is such an easy Christmas DIY.

And one of my most pinned Christmas projects.

Here’s how to make these pom pom stockings even cuter.

Looking for Christmas cookie ideas?

These ice skate Christmas cookies are the best.

See how I made them here.

And my mother-in-law’s famous snickerdoodle recipe?

That so many of you have made and e-mailed me a thank you?

It’s a go-to every Christmas.

You can see it here.

Raise your hand if you like Christmas as much as I do?

I have so many fun things planned, but is there something in particular you’d like to see?

Something I could share that would make your Christmas a little brighter and merrier?

Let me know in the comments and I’ll get the elves busy.

Until then.

Merry Christmas.


Oh, wait.

Happy Fourth of July, too. 🙂

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  1. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Looking forward to Christmas, as my daughter has a new home and my grandson has one, too. New places to see and decorate!!!

  2. Image for Diana Diana

    I love Christmas in July. It allows me to find peace in sparkle, glitter and twinkling lights, without the time crunch to get everything done.

  3. Image for Shirley Shirley

    I am here for all of the Christmas content. I love it and I buy presents all year round. Aldi here in England sold some Christmas food items as it’s half way to Christmas. Last year lots of people were unable to meet up as the Government said you weren’t allowed to travel out of the area due to the Pandemic.

  4. Image for Lorri Lorri

    Ugh...,Kariannne.. how could u think of Xmas when u r at Cape Cod... the best place for the Summer... heck the spring and fall for that matter.. Let's enjoy Summer!!,

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    You crack me up. We sang Joy to the World in church yesterday so you must not be alone in your Christmas obsession 🎅🤶. Me, I'm wishing it would stop raining in my neck of the woods.

  6. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    I love Christmas...but not until after Thanksgiving. I do start searching and looking for new ornaments around the first of November. I know Hobby Lobby already has some Christmas decor on the shelves. I don't change up my colors. They have been the same my whole married life. Red, white, green and gold. Traditional colors. I prefer Christmas decor that reminds me of my childhood.

  7. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Thanks for thinking ahead! I buy and make Christmas gifts/decor all year long, so you are good with me. :) Depending on where we are is where I go with decorating. California tends to be red, blue and white. Massachusetts is traditional with red and white dominating. I always mix up decor. Have it separated by color and theme in totes. Can't help it....

  8. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Christmas in July is a real thing when one lives in a vacation summer cottage. Your post came at a good time.

  9. Image for Jan Jan

    Christmas anytime, with decorating that begins around my home in October? Yes, please! Fourth of July that starts at Memorial Day and lasts through summer? Another big yes!! ❤

  10. Image for Michele Michele

    I love Christmas and think/shop/craft all year round. We don't start decorating until after Thanksgiving, although I'll admit that by New Year's Eve I'm ready to put everything away for another year. We put up 1 big tree and several (5?) small ones every year. My favorite colors for Christmas are the traditional ones - deep red, forest green, gold, silver, and white. Can't wait to see what you show us.

  11. Image for Cara Cara

    Ahh KariAnne, a gal after my own heart... we are in full force Christmas in July here! We start planning and buying decorations... and deciding how we will decorate, I try to have at least a little tree in every room. We have a walk in attic and it is mostly full of Christmas totes full to the brim. I take vacation in October to get my Christmas things out and we work on it all week long. The people on the street would never know the magic going on behind the walls of our home. We do not put anything out on the porch until closer to Thanksgiving. This year, we will have a 7 foot vintage Santa somewhere around here, we just are not sure where yet! I am getting so excited for Christmas this year... we love it! We even dress our pup up for the holiday lol! I say bring it on! Let's GO!

  12. Image for JC JC

    Well, I must admit I can't even begin to wrap my brain around how fast this year is going! You have encouraged me to begin thinking ahead, especially, as far as making things goes. I'm having a friend over tomorrow and maybe we should chat about prepping earlier. I'm all for prepping earlier, which for me is usually Sept/Oct, and then when the time comes I can sit back and sip my tea and maybe have a snickerdoodle or two.😁 Looking forward to seeing what's up your sleeve for the holiday season. Safe travels home to TX friend!

  13. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    Great ideas. You know that some people think that we, in the southern hemisphere, actually celebrate Christmas in July. Christmas is Christmas, wherever you live in the World. Having said that, we often do have mid-winter Christmas parties so we can enjoy all the trappings without the heat.

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