Christmas in July!! (Christmas 2020)

Before July slips away from us, I want to make sure celebrate the second most wonderful time of the year- Christmas in July!

I never shared the post from Christmas 2020 since so much time had passed since I had the time to write it, so it feels like a good time to share it now 🙂 Get your eggnog loaded up (probably iced), and let’s get started!

DJ and I drove to my mom and Pete’s late on December 23rd to join them and Halston (missed you, Kevin!!). First things first when we arrived- Pete’s famous Pumpkin Crunch. DJ will talk about how much he loves this dessert at random times throughout the year. It is that good. We loaded up on the pumpkin crunch with ice cream within 10 minutes of arriving.

Even though it was already late in the evening, we stayed up chatting for a little bit before going to sleep.

Christmas Eve, we had a lovely breakfast together.We took it overall pretty easy that day, which I think we all needed. We got our respective workouts in (Hal and I did an Insanity workout together), lounged around, watched some shows and Facetimed our Grandma & Grandpa!

For dinner, we had an amazing spread of beef tips (for the meat-eaters), seitan beef tips (for the veggie eaters), potatoes and green beans.And the rest of the evening we played What Do You Meme and other card games.

The next day, Christmas, we enjoyed the most wonderful breakfast!

And these are hands-down the best Portuguese muffins on earth!!

We opened gifts/stockings and then watched a Candlelight Church service.

My mom even made vigil candles. It was such a beautiful service, and even though we couldn’t be in person, it was a great alternative  <3

That evening we enjoyed some appetizers, but the real star of the show…

SEAFOOD PAELLA. This was my mom’s first time making this- she whipped it up in a cast iron pan over the grill.

This meal was out of this world. Writing this now I can practically taste it! May need to be a new tradition.

We served it with Red Lobster biscuits. Cannot go wrong with those! It’s always the great debate- what is the best free carb indulgence from restaurants? Red Lobster biscuits vs. Texas Roadhouse Rolls vs. Olive Garden breadsticks. Oh, and then there is the Outback bread and Cheesecake factory’s too! What’s your favorite?

December 26th, we had some girl time with pedicures.

After our pedicures, we stopped into Devivo Brothers (our favvv) for a delicious lunch while the guys went to Hard Eight BBQ.

Now, this next event is something I did not know I needed in my life, but I am officially obsessed with- Axe throwing!!

I was not very good (like most sports I try), but I semi-improved by the end. Everyone else picked it up quickly.

After axe throwing, we grabbed some Andy’s. Cannot go to Keller without a stop at Andy’s!

Before calling it a night, we drove through a nearby neighborhood that does a “theme” every year with Christmas displays. This year’s theme was Charlie Brown, so cute.

On December 27th, we went to Top Golf – another new favorite pastime. Annnd another new favorite pastime that I am horrible at but will play any day of the week!

DJ won every round-he was sooo good.

Pete and Halston killed it too. (My mom sat this one out since her shoulder was recovering from an injury).

What kind of swing do I have going on? Help.

Who knew Top Golf didn’t only serve up the chance to show off a cringe-worthy golf swing, turns out it has some really decent food too. The guys were raving about the wings, but I had my eyes on that hummus!

That was just our appetizer, because that evening we enjoyed some incredible Mexican cuisine from Maria Cuca’s.

We had Baileys for dessert and played the game of Quelf until past midnight. You guys, that game is too much. I was laughing to the point of tears!

The next morning, Pete made us all frappuccinos! These are tasty as can be & bring me back to high school days when he used to make them for us.

That evening, of the 28th, we went to Sushi Sam and ordered a Sushi boat for the table. We did damage!! The sushi thooo- I mean you can have good sushi and you can have great sushi. This fell into the “great” category, no question.

And before we headed out on the 28th, we grabbed some Summer Moon followed by an Orange Theory workout all together 🙂

It was an awesome Christmas..this family time was much needed. It was tough not being able to go back to Ohio like we usually do, but I’m grateful we will be able to celebrate lots of holidays with our family there moving forward!

I’d love to know: 

  • What is your favorite complimentary bread from a restaurant?
  • Have you ever celebrated Christmas in July?

10 thoughts on “Christmas in July!! (Christmas 2020)

  1. Okay, so just seeing the title of this post pop up on my feed – along with the three teaser photos? It was enough to make me giddy… Ha, ha! I LOVE the holidays, and I don’t care if it’s summer. I’m ready for them!! So this blog post was a real treat! (Oh wait, every blog post from you is. But this one was extra sparkly and fun, because… CHRISTMAS!).
    The festive dishes, lights, foods… This all just made me SO happy!!! (And legit as I’m reading your blog, my hubby is buying tickets for a family vacation to DISNEY for next year!!! So I’m basically happy dancing over here with just pure joy, all around. Ha, ha).
    I’ve never celebrated Christmas in July, but this kind of made me want to make it a new tradition. I might have to make this happen next year!! Hmmm, time to start planning my 2022 bucket list. Disney AND a Christmas in July? Already sounds like an epic year! 🙂

  2. I love Christmas (I’m one of those people who puts everything up before Thanksgiving) so remembering it in July works! Looks like you had another fun and tasty time together. As for bread… hmmm Texas Roadhouse rolls are good. the loaf from Outback is tasty too. I make my own olive garden style breadsticks, but those served with alfredo sauce… ok ok enough now I’m hungry for bread!

  3. I honestly HATE July … I mean I was born in July and wish I had been born in Oct, Nov, Dec. I am a fall/winter girl. I do NOT like the heat. I do NOT like the pools. I would much rather be wrapped in a blanket and a hoodie than feel like I am dripping in sweat standing outside. lol!

    I am definitely ready for Christmas. So I better get a jump start on it, right? Never too early!

    Best bread is definitely Cheesecake Factory brown bread. I literally think I could make a meal out of the bread. I don’t know how many times I have had to take my meal home because I ate too much bread to start. lol! Haha!
    Behind Cheesecake Factory, I was raised in a college town in IL and they had an “italian” restaurant chain called Avanti’s and their bread was to DIE for! I would probably have to get like 6 loaves of it if I went back to town anytime soon! lol!

  4. Mackenzie I say this everytime but you are SO so beautiful! Literally a dream. AND YES what do you meme, I love that game!! So so good! Also that fireplace with the Mickey and Minnie decorations and the stockings – SO cute! Okay I haven’t had any of the carb freebies except for Olive Gardens Breadsticks and I have to say – those are amazing, my mouth is just watering thinking about them… SO GOOD! What is this Quelf game?? I love a game that makes you LOL so I need to check this out asap! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous, such a fun recap! Sending lots of love xxx

  5. Merry Christmas! Wonderful post & perfect time to share your Christmas! Your Moms paella- 5 stars! Reminds me of Christmas a few years ago when we made our own version of The Feast of the Seven Fishes. FYI- we should all go to the Top Golf on Rockside Rd. See you in Ohio soon!!

  6. Love anything Christmas in July! May have to look into getting Queif and your mom’s and Pete’s house is so beautifully decorated at Christmas! Loved reading all of this and I did not know DJ likes that pumpkin crunch dessert, one of my favorites and how have I never picked up one this? Can’t wait to celebrate Christmas after reading this with everyone and love love love fresh Red Lobster biscuits and the wheat bread at Outback always delicious. Love your posts always and love you my dear. Your Ohio Mom

  7. So beautiful my dear and so are you!
    What a lovely time with family.
    And pumpkin crunch… I may need the recipe. Thank you!
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Oh my goodness this has seriously made me miss the festive holidays big time!!! I absolutely love Christmas it’s the happiest time of the year and it looks like you had so much fun. And as always the food looks incredible! Xxxx

  9. Your Christmas breakfast looks so delicious – your mom is such an awesome cook. I love the Christmas dishes too. I had to Google Portuguese muffins … never had them before. I’ve never done Christmas in July, but a neighbor of ours, (who moved years ago), used to have an annual party. He’d decorate the yard with the same ornaments/yard decor he put out at Christmas. He had the party on his deck and garage, so had the music outside and it was all Christmas tunes. The couple kind of kept to themselves, so no neighbors were invited, just their friends and oh yes, they dressed like Santa and Mrs. Claus. My favorite bread is Olive Gardens breadsticks. Yum.

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