Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July and a GIVEAWAY

By Sully Sullivan
from the Theater Cop series by J.A. Hennrikus

All right, I know folks love Christmas movies. A lot of folks love Christmas movies. But that two week Christmas in July spree a couple of weeks ago? I saw someone tossing a scarf over their shoulder and I almost wept.
It isn't that I don't love Christmas, because I do. I can deck the halls with the best of them. Or rather, I used to be able to deck the halls. Then yours truly had a brilliant plan to raise more cash for our summer theater, the Cliffside.
"Why don't we do A Christmas Carol, and make it a fundraiser?" I asked innocently at a planning meeting a few years back. Our artistic director, Dimitri Traietti, reacted negatively to the idea, but I talked him into it.
I. Talked. Him. Into. It.
In other words, it's all my fault. Well, this last Christmas Carol, not all of that was my fault. Who knew our new Scrooge was a nightmare? And that issue with Mrs. Cratchitt. You can't blame me for that. No, all that happened, and was written about in A Christmas Peril, that wasn't my fault.
But doing the show, and making it an annual event that pretty much made me a zombie through the holidays? The show that kept my halls from being decked, since my cat didn't pull his weight and put up the tree? That's my fault.
And that's why Christmas in July made me cry. I was just getting over last year's A Christmas Carol, and wasn't prepared.
Tell me, given all that happened last year, can you blame me?
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Friends, how do you feel about Christmas in July? Let me know below, and I'll pick a winner of a copy of A Christmas Peril on Sunday, July 22.

45 comments:

  1. I like Christmas at Christmas-time! In December! :)
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  2. I do not mind it but prefer my Christmas in December.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I like the Christmas in July sales!

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  4. christmas in July sounds fantastic to me! Back in 60/70s, my dad rigged up a speaker system out by our pool when we lived near Palm Springs. I was in High School. Daddy would put a stack of LPs on his old stereo and crank it on ....every weekend. We never knew what album might come up next...from Don Ho singing Tiny Bubbles to Jim Reese or old Gene Autrey singing country to Strauss to Hark the Herald Angeles Sing Or it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...lol. I can visualise us bbqing chicken, the smell of suntan lotion and hear jingle bells!

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  5. I prefer it in December.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  6. Love this idea. Unique and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. December is when it should take place. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I know a lot of people love Christmas in July, but since I live in Central WI., and the winters are long, plus Halloween is my favorite holiday, I'm not a big fan. :)
    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

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  9. We just had a Christmas in July party, with white elephant gifts. It's nice to think of Christmas in the middle of the heat of the summer - as long as the stores don't start carrying Christmas items. But I read Christmas fiction year round.

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  10. I think Christmas in July is fun, but only as far as watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas episodes on Classic Radio.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I don't mind it when I find fun books like this. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I can handle Christmas in July in small doses -- maybe watch just one or two of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies or turn to HSN or QVC to see what their Christmas in July values are this year. It's been so hot here this summer in Colorado (and we do not have A/C) that it's kind of nice to see the snow and the cold weather in the movies and fantasize. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  13. Christmas or Chanukah it makes no difference. It's always time to have a holiday. No matter when it occurs we have to dig deep into the budget to hand out gifts to four married children and TEN grandkids ages 20 down to 2.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I can watch a Christmas movie or read a Christmas book any time of the year. I don't mind Christmas in July. Dickens Christmas Carol is one of my favorite Christmas movies and I enjoy watching all of the various versions that have been filmed over the years. dbahn(at)iw.net

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  15. I think about hosting a Christmas in July, maybe next year. Thanks for the opportunity. I love Christmas cozies.
    browninggloria (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  16. Fun distraction. I love the Christmas in July sales and Hallmark shows.I used to play Christmas music while delivering papers in the summer heat.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  17. I would love Christmas in July if the weather felt more Christmasy. Too hot and too humid. I love winter even if we do not get much of one. I sure do miss the snow. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  18. I prefer to keep Christmas in the winter. It's too hot to have it in the summer.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I love Christmas in July, and in December. It's always fun.

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  20. I must admit I find the whole Christmas in July thing is getting out of hand.

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  21. I love Christmas in July because its more about the spirit of it as we don't decorate the tree and do a lot of the traditional Christmas things. deniseaustin29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. It's not Christmas to me if it's not cold outside. I even have trouble in December when it's warm. sljesse10(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. I can't get into Christmas in July. It doesn't feel like Christmas when it's 90 degrees out. We need something to look forward to in December.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I prefer Christmas in December.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  25. I hate how each holiday doesn't get it's own space anymore. One month from the day after Thanksgiving is enough for Christmas. acm05@juno.com

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  26. I prefer Christmas in December but I am enjoying the Christmas in July movies on Hallmark right now. I definitely am not a fan of Christmas before Thanksgiving. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. I love Christmas in July. It's always fun to watch holiday movies, read holiday-themed stories, and start thinking about all the fun to come in December.

    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  28. I like it and presents would be nice too. Catbooks72ATgmailDOTcom

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  29. Christmas in July is not really something I take much notice of.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  30. I love Christmas anytime of the year and I read Christmas themed books all year too. It reminds me of joy...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  31. When I walked into my local thrift store and saw all those holiday displays I wanted to cry. We don't get a long enough summer. Please don't rush the seasons!

    LaurasReadingBlog@gmail.com

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  32. I like Christmas in July or Christmas in December. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I like Christmas anytime! kckendler at gmail dot com

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  34. I am still on the fence as far as how i feel about Christmas in July...lol

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. I think the spirit of giving & helping others should be year round. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I sort of like Christmas in July reading wise, but not store sales. With the heat we have been having, it's kind of nice to thing of a little snow. However, the storms we had in southern Indiana and Kentucky yesterday had golf ball size hell and larger along with a few tornadoes in nearby areas.That we could do without. Anyway I enjoy Christmas stories all year round. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  37. I think any excuse to be generous and happy is a good thing! teabird17 **at** yahoo ** dot ** com

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  38. Love the Christmas in July books any time of the year! Watched a lot of the Hallmark movies that have been on lately.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  39. For me Christmas is in December not July.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I like the idea of Christmas in July, but the actual Christmas is too much! Hallmark movies and the ornaments are too much too soon for me! But I enjoy reading mysteries about Christmas - even in July!! Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  41. When I camped with my parents prior to getting married, the campground would hold a Christmas in July. It was fun to see each campsite decorated, people coming along singing Christmas carols and a big potluck too. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. I love Christmas in July, especially Hallmark movies. Gets me in the mood to read Christmas books! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  43. Years ago, my Mom had a booth at a Wisc. antique vintage store. They did a Christmas in JULY sale, & I thought it was fun. Some thrift stores do Christmas in July sale & put out their Christmas stuff. I like it, it's fun to look at stuff & pick some things up. I do a Christmas in JULY cd, book reading, & pack up the stuff for a fall church sale, with the fall stuff. Our retro tv station is doing a Christmas in July comedy shows tomorrow marathon Debbie Wroblewski EMAIL
    Is jsister98@gmail.com

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  44. I love Christmas in July. I watch holiday movies and read holiday books. I hate cold weather, so Christmas in July is perfect for me.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  45. I am guilty of watching and enjoying Christmas movies in July. Sometimes I need a reminder of that special time of year!
    Blessings to you!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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