Candy cane. Photo by Katelyn Avery.
Christmas music still sounds good in July. Songs from artists like Mariah Carey and Michael Buble. The list goes on. I surf through YouTube looking for my favorite songs. Trying to keep the Christmas spirit with me.
I’m not a year round Christmas fan because of presents. It’s the mood of the holiday that pulls me in. Images of snow and friendly neighbors make me smile. To experience a little “Christmas in July” my mother and I sat through A Very Brady Christmas (1988) together. Nothing like Christmas cheer and nostalgia.
My first Christmas’ that took place in the 90’s were similar to the ones of the late 80’s. My Mom and I could remember most of the outdated 80’s home design. My (paternal) Grandma had styled her home in a similar manner.
I took a stroll down memory lane with the Brady’s beside me. I remembered sledding before school, when there was a 90 minute delay. I remembered hoping we would have a snow day the Friday before winter break. I remembered leaving cookies out for Santa once, when I was 5 or 6. My Dad was all for it of course. He made sure Santa got his cookies.
As the movie ended I tried not to let go of all of my memories. I wanted to keep some Christmas cheer with me. July may be a warm month, but it doesn’t have to melt my love for Christmas away.
– Katelyn Avery