By Denise Ortuno Neil
Spending the summer in the Coachella Valley takes quite a bit of tolerance and character. The tolerance comes from withstanding the heat, and the character comes from the tolerance itself.
Creativity also plays a big part in summertime life in the desert. It seems that trying to find ways to entertain ourselves while keeping cool, is a everyday challenge.
I recall several years back being tried by this dilemma, and coming up with a solution with some friends of mine. We came up with a festive, albeit an unlikely manner of celebrating summer. I'm talking about, a Christmas in July party!
What better way to get through the sweltering heat and have a jolly good time as well! The practice of celebrating one of the most coveted holidays in the world in the summer is not a new one. It actually originated in Europe, when weary people yearning for colder weather and the coziness of the holiday decided to celebrate Christmas five months in advance. For us here in the desert, its a fantastic way to put some Ho, Ho, Ho in our Hot, Hot, Hot!
Throwing such a chin-dig is relatively easy. Just get a hold of someones (or your own) synthetic Christmas Tree, go foraging for decorations in the garage, whip up some eggnog, blast the A/C up to 65 (don't panic, it's only for one night) light the fireplace if you've got one and there you go....it's Christmas time again. You can even twist it up a bit if you'd like. No need for bulky sweaters, have a bikini clad Christmas and a sexy Santa contest...something that would not be that accepted once the real holiday comes around. The possibilities are endless, as is the fun!
Some might find that celebrating Christmas in advance takes away from the spiritual aspect of the holiday, but I disagree. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and thrusts most people into a whirlwind of peace, love and joy. Which is something that we should be doing all year round...not just in December.
The Christmas in July party that I was part of years ago was a blast! It was an absolute distraction from the summer heat, and gave us a glimpse of the our most treasured holiday to come...promoting peace, love, joy and thoughts of cooler weather.
Have a Merry July!!