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Christmas memories

25 Jul

Merry Christmas in July! Christmas was and still is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. There is something truly magical about Christmas morning, and the joy during that time of year is contagious. I love the music, I love the season and I love sharing time with my family. I am always so sad when the day is actually over. A couple of times growing up, I was lucky enough to celebrate Christmas twice.

My Great-Aunt Georgie owned a cabin at a campground near Lake Erie. Almost every summer we’d spend a few days there with my Grandma. And some years, we’d get to be there during Christmas in July. You see, the people who owned cabins at the camp were pretty close. They’d spend a good majority of the summer together, yet didn’t see each other very often during the year. In order to enjoy the holiday season together, they started celebrating Christmas in July.

They’d decorate the camp grounds with lights and red bows. Some people wore reindeer ears and Santa hats. There were even little gifts for all the kids. One year, someone put together a Christmas scavenger hunt, and it was awesome. I’ll always remember those summer days by the lake.

So when I saw an opportunity to celebrate Christmas in July again this year, I couldn’t pass it up. Daryl, Alyx and Cecilia were kind enough to put together a fun blogger gift exchange, and I was paired with Lauren from Pink on the Cheek.

Lauren sent me some great gifts. I received running socks and cute colorful hair ties – both will come in handy as I keep training for races. She also sent Essie nail polish (my favorite!) and a set of pretty earrings. I love everything – it’s like she read my mind!

Thanks to Daryl, Alyx and Cecilia for putting this together, and thank you Lauren for the thoughtful presents. Merry Christmas!

Meet Lauren

15 Jul

Remember back in June when I wrote about Christmas in July? Recently I was partnered with an awesome blogger, Lauren from Pink on the Cheek.

Lauren lives in California and blogs about everything from food to fitness to fashion. It’s been a lot of fun figuring out what I would send as a Christmas in July gift. I finally settled on a couple of items and everything is wrapped and ready to go.

I hope the gift brings a little holiday cheer. And of course, I can’t wait to see what I get too!

Christmas in July

19 Jun

The blogosphere is a wonderful place. You can learn new things, find new passions and read about some really interesting people. Seeing as I have a love for Germany (and a certain German), I often search for bloggers who write about the country – especially expats in Germany.

This year, I’ve come across some amazing bloggers who detail their life abroad. We’ve never met, but through their posts I feel more connected to the country where Sebastian lives. I even get a small taste of what my life could be like someday (if I ever make the move across the pond).

Anyway, I was super excited when Daryl from Roots, Wings, and Other Things posted about Christmas in July. What is Christmas in July, you ask? It’s a blogger gift exchange hosted by Daryl, Alyx and Cecilia! Each blogger who signs up will be paired with another blogger, and we’ll exchange gifts in July. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Christmas. The opportunity to bring some holiday spirit to summer is just awesome.

I love finding the perfect gift, and I’m excited to see who I’ll be paired with. But I’m even more excited to think about what my surprise present might be.

Maybe some adorable tili bags

or Essie nail polish, my favorite! I love the colors from their latest collection.

No matter what present I receive, it’s a great way to meet new bloggers and have a little fun this summer. What about you? Would you like to celebrate Christmas in July? Make sure to sign up by June 20!