Christmas in July Give-a-way

July 25th is officially "Christmas in July" in our family! 

While Diane and Michael were growing up, we would celebrate by visiting our favorite Christmas shop in Scottsdale, AZ  called the Scandinavian Shop to select an ornament for the Christmas tree.  Actually - we usually came home with more than one each. We couldn't help ourselves!  There were millions and millions to choose from!  The walls and ceiling were completely covered in garlands decorated with so many ornaments even the "pine needles" were invisible!

This year to celebrate July 25th, I am going to give away the ornament above which has been on our family Christmas tree for the past 30+ years.  Since I gave Diane and Michael all their ornaments long ago so they could put them on their own trees, I don't have one from our July 25th trips to share.  But this is one Diane and I picked out on a Christmas shopping trip together many years ago, and with her permission I am giving it to one of you! 

To be eligible to enter the drawing, please leave me a comment telling me the one thing you love most about the winter holidays!  Comments will be closed for this drawing at midnight July 24th and I will announce the winner on July 25th.

Good luck to all!

Mini Pinata Advent Calendar - Christmas in July

Only a little over four months left until December 1st  - so what better way to celebrate "Christmas In July" than to get started making your Advent Calendars!

July? Christmas?  Absolutely!  "Christmas in July" celebrations have been a much loved tradition in our family since Diane was about 5 years old.  On July 25th we would take a trip to a local Christmas shop so my children could pick out a special ornament to save and then put on the tree in December.

Come explore with me!

Do you recognize this view of Realto Beach from a recent post?  This is another of the many moods of one of my very favorite places in Olympic National Park.

As promised, I am sharing a few images from our trip. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, and are planning "stay-cations" for the summer, perhaps these images will entice you to consider a trip to the San Juan Islands or to Olympic Park.

Meet my friend Teri

I had a birthday recently and my wonderful husband ordered two mugs from Teri's Zazzle Collection that I was eager to own!

Raspberry Blueberry Pie

Raspberries are ripe at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island!  K and I just got back from picking a year's supply of berries to freeze. This holiday weekend would be the perfect time to take the kids and go berry picking. How to get there? Here are directions!

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