Finding Christmas in July

July in North Carolina does not embody Christmas in my mind, but I have been trying to trick my mind into the Christmas spirit anyway.ย  As heat-indices soar into triple-digits, I amย  working on a Christmas-themes cozy mystery, which means I need to get in the holiday spirit just a bit early this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was our Christmas card a few years ago. Cami loves to lounge under the tree!

This was our Christmas card a few years ago. Cami loves to lounge under the tree!

Christmas music, cinnamon candles, and forty two recorded Christmas movies from the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July week have all helped to set the mood.

Oh, and cookies help, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After watching several Christmas movies, I broke down and made Oatmeal Cookies (Hubby’s favorite). I added in raisins, dates, walnuts, and some extra cinnamon, and my house smelled amazing! They are tasty, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mmm, cookies! Just about to come out of the oven...

Mmm, cookies! Just about to come out of the oven…

Of course, the issue with all of this is that I am getting weird looks as I hum Christmas music in the aisles of Target in the middle of summer. And my poor husband is already tired of coming home from work to Christmas music. That usually doesn’t happen until mid-November sometime.

But, the story is flowing, and the Christmas theme is apparent throughout. In the long run, that’s all that matters. Even if our neighbor’s do think I have major issues. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you have any sure-fire ways to get in the Christmas spirit? Favorite Christmas Traditions? What are your favorite Christmas carols?

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Christmas in October

Just a few of last years cookies.

Just a few of last years cookies.

I love Christmas–the music, the cookies, the decorations, people going out of their way to help others (except in the stores–I avoid stores at all costs at Christmas time), and, oh yeah, the cookies! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even so, I have always had a not-before-Halloween rule for anything Christmas (except the shopping–that needs to be done as early as possible, thanks to the above rule of avoiding stores at Christmas).

This year, however, I am plotting out a new novel–a Christmas mystery–in October. Read More