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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Christmas in July

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. ~ George MacDonald

Welcome, dear friends! I am delighted to have you join me today! 

It is the month of July, and some of us are celebrating Christmas in July. So, I decided to do a post using some of my Christmas china and baking from posts I shared over the years.

When it is Christmas in July, you think about Christmas trees and ways of bringing joy to others; just like the season which is less than six months away. Is anyone watching the Hallmark Christmas movies?

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~ Harlan Miller

Today, I am sharing my little tree which I created for the top of the cabinet in the dining room. Above it, is a wreath I made to match.

Now, one must have some food to nibble on. How about some tea sandwiches and sweets? 
There are egg salad and chicken salad sandwiches on the tiered plate stand.

Below, I have some ribbon sandwiches using both white and whole wheat bread. These are like three sandwiches in one; one of egg salad, another of devilled ham, and lastly, cream cheese. These are cut into little triangles so they are perfect for tea time and are especially tasty!

Now how about some sweets? 

I have light and dark fruitcake which I make every year. One was my maternal grandmother's recipe while the other was my paternal grandmother's recipe. The top plate holds mincemeat tarts and sugar plums.

My Christmas teapot holds a fragrant and spicy rooibos tea. An assortment of cookies are waiting on the plate.
The teapot was a Christmas gift from my son and his family one year. It is made by Ganz.
The teacups are Royal Albert's Flower of the Month series, December, Christmas Rose.  

The teacup below is Royal Stafford, adorned with some pretty holly.
I used to do a lot of crafting at one time. This cute stocking jar was once a floral container filled with a festive arrangement of flowers for my mother. When the flowers were finished, I brought the jar home and placed a miniature tree in it and a cute teddy bear on it. 

I like repurposing things especially when they have sentimental value. 

Many begin their Christmas lists this time of year and some also begin crafting their projects for the upcoming season. How about you? Do you get started early?

I always think of my father this time of year because his birthday was in July and he adored Christmas. He passed his love for Christmas and all its charm on to me.

Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living. ~ Author unknown  

I think it's nice to take a break in the summertime when we can remember how beautiful Christmas is! For most, it is not only the happiest time of year but it is also a time when others go out of their way a little more to make someone else feel special. It is showing good will toward men. Would that it could last all year long!

Happiness is often the only thing you can give without having it, and it is by giving it that you acquire it. ~ Voltaire

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy this new week. My hubby will be on vacation beginning next week so I may be away for a little bit but I will be back soon. Do take care and God bless you all!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Everything looks so lovely. And delicious!

  2. What charming photos you've posted today - I love Christmas at almost any time of the year. I'm starting to think about a few things I want to make for gifts and am collecting my supplies.
    Those ribbon sandwiches look particularly yummy!

  3. What a lovely post. T'is the season! God bless us, everyone!


  4. Christmas in July sounds wonderful to me but I love Christmas! Everything about it matter of fact. Those sandwiches looks so good. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. What a cheery post! I may have to sip some of my Christmas teas this month!

    There's a British tea company called "Bird and Blend" that will be holding a Christmas in July sale later this year. They're offering FREE international shipping so I'm tempted to order something. But I'll probably pass because I don't know how long it'll take to arrive and if I have to pay duty on the package.

  6. Sandu such a happy and pretty post. Love the tea sandwiches and the goodies.

    I begin to think and planning for fall and Christmas crafts in summer. I want to get things finished so I can enjoy my work.


  7. Oh, Sandi- what a nice post. My brother and I were just texting about Christmas in July. It was such a big deal where I grew up - in a summertime vacation area - and all the summer dwellers only saw one another in summer, so the people, boats, businesses all decorated up and exchanging gifts - was fun to be a part of.

    This year mine is quiet, and a tad bit lonely.

    You thrilled me with all of your Christmas beauty. Thank you for that gift. ♥

  8. As I live in subtropical Australia I welcome Christmas in July. It is wonderful to eat some traditional food without feeling overwhelmed by heat and humidity. Would you please share your sugar plum recipe? I was always entranced by the reference to sugar plums in The Night Before Christmas.

    Thank you for your lovely post.

  9. Such a cheerful Christmas in July post that you’ve shared, Sandi! You always share such beautiful tea things, and food to tempt us. I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful week together. Love and blessings are sent to you.

  10. Sandi, I'm all about the tea any time of year! Especially the sandwiches--and you've shown my husband's two favorite tea sandwiches, chicken and egg. Hope you and your husband enjoy his time off work.

  11. I love Christmas! I was looking on Pinterest last evening for Christmas ideas. I always like to think ahead.

  12. Your Christmas in July is so delightful! A welcome respite from the heat of summer!

  13. I was ready to dig into those delectable looking sandwiches. Christmas has always been a favourite time of year, although I must admit it is very far from my mind this summer. Our garden has been so lovely and the weather most clement (for the most part) that we're keeping our toes in the warm sunshine as long as we can this year. I hope your Christmas post gave you a bit of respite from the heat, even if for a moment.

    Wishing you a beautiful day....
    Brenda xox


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