Christmas in July is an unofficial holiday. The term originated from the fact that in the southern hemisphere, Christmas is actually celebrated in the summer. Residents from that area, began to throw Christmas celebrations in July, as that is the peak month of their winter season.

For most Americans, Christmas in July is an opportunity to escape the heat and have a little fun. Many department stores and retailers host “Christmas in July” sales, the Hallmark Channel airs all your favorite holiday movies, and many places in the U.S. throw huge celebrations. With so much to do in so little time, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to celebrate Christmas in July across the United States.

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Happy Jelly Bean Day Greeting

It’s National Jelly Bean Day and Treetopia is ready to celebrate!

There isn’t any written history on how Jelly Bean Day began, let alone who started it. However, it has become a well-celebrated event that happens every April 22nd. According to Candy Favorites, the world first encountered jelly beans in 1861. A confectioner named William Schrafft made a batch for soldiers to munch on during the American Civil War. Many years after that, people began to associate these flavored sweets with Easter due to their egg-like shape. The rest, as they say, is history.

Based on your holiday décor preferences, we’ve put together a short quiz to determine which type of jelly bean you truly are. Get ready to find out!

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Once upon a time, I threw my ornaments in random opaque boxes every January, placed them in my attic, and never thought of them again for 11 or so months but those days are over. Sure, there are a few tossed in bins but over the years, I have collected and curated precious ornaments that needed to be treated with care and it was time to start storing my ornaments like a big girl. It was time for a 48 Piece Christmas Ornament Storage and Treasure Keeper.
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Treetopia Loves Warm Winter Drinks
The holidays are right around the corner and there’s no better cure for the winter blues than a warm, homemade beverage. From thick Italian hot chocolate to mulled wine, we present some of the best warm winter drink recipes from our favorite people on the blogosphere. Enjoy a cup of warm winter goodness and lighten your mood on a dreary winter day with this edition of Treetopia Loves.
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If you want to create a beautiful, holiday-themed home this Yuletide season, know that you aren’t alone! People all around the world want every nook and cranny of their homes ready for the festivities of the season, and we at Treetopia put together this infographic to help you achieve the look you want this Christmas. Discover decorating tips from top designers to help make this holiday season your most stunning yet!

24 times when it's better tofake it
 
Let’s face the facts: sometimes, it’s just better to fake it. You get to skip paying thousands of dollars for a pair of designer shoes, save the lives of a few elephants, and protect your ears from the tyranny of Britney’s actual singing voice. So go and grab those look-alike handbags, some fake ivory, and the newest auto-tuned album with pride—here are 24 times we think it’s better to fake it.

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You have spent all that time making your tree beautiful; why would you skimp on the gifts underneath? Spend the same amount of time making your gifts look as amazing as your tree. That being said, a tree decorated in plaid should not have pastel wrapped gifts underneath. Shop for wrapping paper while you shop for ornaments. That way, when it comes time to wrap, you are coordinated and ready. Did you see my Tuxedo Black Christmas Tree decorated in plaid?
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Halloween is often a colorful time of year, but one hue still reigns supreme: black. This year, give those vibrant colors a rest and try out these dishes and drinks in ominous shades of black for your next Halloween celebration.

No Knead Black Bread

No Knead Black Bread from Grim Grains

Photo courtesy of Jessica Lindsay

Start your guests off with some bread that echoes the sentiment of the season. You can make this No Knead Black Bread from Grim Grains in only 60 minutes, giving you enough time to prepare other dishes for the party. Serve it with butter or by itself for a truly spooky appetizer.
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Halloween is right around the corner, and preparing for parties, buying treats, and conjuring up costumes have us giddy with anticipation. However, creating our own unique Halloween décor gets us excited the most. In this edition of Treetopia Loves, we present 6 easy Halloween decorations to D-I-Y for.

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Why should we have all the fun when it comes to dressing up for Halloween? This year, let your dog, cat, hedgehog, lizard, or any other pet you have join in on the festivities by dressing them up in spooky, dark, cute, or funny costumes! Here are a few ideas and tips to help get you started:

Go for Paper Mache

An adorable cupcake costume - a pupcake!

Photo courtesy of Chelsea from Lovely Indeed

If you’re not sure what material you could use for a pet costume, give paper mache boxes a try. They’re easy to work with and cheap enough for you to try out ideas and experiment with costumes you may not have tried before. Best of all, it’s an extremely lightweight material—and weight is always something you have to consider when dressing your pet. Chelsea from Lovely Indeed came up with this amazing DIY on how to turn your dog into a walking cupcake for Halloween, and we think it’s brilliant and adorable.

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