I love winter, and as I write to you, it is over 100 degrees here. My first conversation this morning was about my longing for cold weather, Christmas trees, and hot apple cider by the fire. Christmas in July has become a celebrated time here. For truly in Editorial Land, we are having Christmas in July. As I walk through the offices and see the final touches being put on the holiday issues of our magazines, I am longing for Christmas. We have it twice: in July when we complete the issues and then in December when it really happens.
I am challenging myself this year to start thinking about the wreaths I want to make and if there are items that I need to collect now and tuck away, then I must be diligent in my efforts. I love dried flowers, and now is the time to get those put away for a soft-colored wreath I have in mind. Pinecones are another thing that I love. In fact, the very large ones are hard to find, but I love them so much. Maybe this year I can find some.
Many of you can great vegetables and jams from summer harvest. Perhaps that is a Christmas gift you can make ahead and have ready to go. Is there anything more splendid than a jar of homemade jam with hot biscuits at Christmas?
As you consider your Christmas plans, I want to share some of Hoffman Media’s summertime holiday spirit with you through a special Christmas in July sale at our store! Now until July 29, enjoy big discounts on our featured holiday content. There are special prices on our lovely Christmas special editions and books, including half off the Christmas Cottage Cookbook—one of my very favorites. I hope it makes your summer a bit merrier as you look forward to the holiday season.
What will you do for your loved ones this Christmas?