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Christmas or Thanksgiving in July?

I think that it is fun to do a full-on Thanksgiving in the summer (another thread brought this up for me but I thought that it deserves it's own). My sister's birfday is in June, and once, I decorated the house with lights and had a full-on Christmas dinner as a surprise party. Anyone else do this?

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  1. I used to do Christmas in July, but to be even more contrary, I'd have the party in August. Then in January, I'd do an indoor BBQ (this in an apartment in Manhattan) making ribs, poatato salad, cole slaw, the works.

    People used to get a kick out of it, and I'll wager they still would.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      It's also kick to prepare a full on Chinese dinner for Christmas, rather than the traditional. I like to shake it up a bit. But it depends on the audience/family on what one can do. The summertime Thanksgiving goes pretty well, but shaking up a Christmas/holiday menu is more difficult.

    2. Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and dressing is one of my favorite meals!

      I haven't made it as big of an event but I have made a somewhat modified Thanksgiving feast in the summer. One of the biggest pluses is having vine ripe tomatoes available for the leftover turkey sandwiches!

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      1. re: meatn3

        I do make turkey, dressing and all the fixings a few times a year. It is also one of my favorite meals. Don't bother with decorations or anything, but do enjoy the food.

      2. I did a sort of Thanksgiving in April this year to welcome home my good friend who came to visit - discovered a turkey on the grill is a beautiful thing - YUM

        1. In Quebec in July sometime there is a day called Noel des Campers. Christmas for campers, people exchange gifts, decorate in July. We could all use some Christmas fun anytime!

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            1. re: meatn3

              It is a fun idea and campers really get into it.

          1. My husband and I do Thanksgiving in May. It's so fun - nice weather, no family drama, etc. We're defrosting the turkey next week!

            1. We do it at my sisters. Cookies, tree, carols, all of it.

              1. Let's plan on doing it this summer, and report back in late August!

                1. Well, no, but I either save cranberries in the freezer or find some frozen at a supermarket and make cranberry sauce to go with cold chicken in the hot summer. Cranberry-Orange Relish is especially good in the summer. I can't imagine why people limit cranberries to the winter holidays.

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                  1. re: Querencia

                    Last summer I had friends over for dinner and I made a Thanksgiving dinner n July. Turkey, stuffing, corn bread, mashed potatoes. I never realized you couldn't find cranberries in the stores in the summer! I guess I just never looked for them before. So this past winter I bought 2 bags of cranberries and threw them in the freezer. I will have it find a use for them this summer.

                    1. re: valerie

                      If you don't use them this summer, they will still be fine in November. Many years my last bag of stockpiled cranberries in the freezer goes into the following Thanksgiving's cranberry sauce.

                  2. I remember once asking my father what their meals were like in the 1940s and 50s when he was a child.

                    His response: It was like Thanksgiving. But every day. Thanksgiving dinner was just a bigger version.

                    His point was that they regularly ate roast meat, potatoes, stuffing, sauerkraut, vegetables, pies and cakes throughout the year. Without the special holiday designation the meal would have been just another meal with one or two extra dishes.

                    I suppose I can see the fun in having a mock Christmas as a surprise theme with the decorations and possibly even dressing up a small indoor tree with Christmas lights. But the one thing I would caution about having a big meal in the middle of the summer is that most people's traditional Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner is heavy on starches and roast meat, which may not play well when the weather is in the 90s.

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                    1. re: Roland Parker

                      Eating these types of meals year round is something I do all the time. I understand the seasonal eating movement but for me, it just limits the way people eat. I love turkey and buy several during the holidays just so I can roast or smoke one on the grill year round.

                      I'm of the mind set that if there is something I want to eat and I can get my hands on the ingredients, I will make the dish regardless of what season it is. If I want beef stew in August, for example, I'll make one and instead of heating up my oven, I'll brown the meat and put it in the slow cooker to do it's thing. If I want a roast turkey when it's 100 degrees, I'll roast it late at night when it's cooler so that I can eat it when I'm ready. As with anything else, moderation is the key. There are ways to get around things...

                    2. I love this. My birthday is right after Christmas, and for the last decade my mother has flown to Asia for a medical mission. I'm very very far into my 20s (will be 30 this year) but she still insists on making me dinner and giving me a few presents every year. Since she's gone during my actual birthday, somehow we've fallen into this tradition of celebrating it in the summer.

                      She makes the same dinner I requested as a kid--roasted turkey breast (EVOO, garlic, oregano, lemon), mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and green beans. We do it smack dab in the middle of July.

                      Not Christmas, but kind of like Thanksgiving dinner. I love it, and find it to be a welcome meal in the summer.

                      1. Decadent Christmas In July

                        Close the windows and kick up the AC to high unapologetically - it's a celebration.

                        Toss some Christmas lights on an indoor palm or an outdoor pine

                        Fire up the grill to cook the Christmas Beast outside.

                        Simmer some mulling spices and pine

                        Light the fieldstone fireplace with a few pieces of hardwood while keeping the indoors at a cool 68 degrees, while the grill master is drinking a brew in 90 degree heat.