One of the best things about summer to me is the impromptu picnics. Or even planned picnics, for that matter.
When I was growing up my parents had a Fourth of July party every year. The planned it for months in advance and it always had a theme. The one I remember most was the Christmas in July party they did. Dad strung Christmas lights (remember the 1960′s big colored lights with the foil reflectors?) all through the landscaping around the deck of the pool.There was some sort of evergreen in one of the corners and he and mom hung Christmas decorations all over it, and put a star at the top. They then bought small gifts for each of the guests and wrapped them in Christmas paper and put them under the tree. One of Dad’s friends played Santa each Christmas for the local, volunteer fire department and he was asked to put on his Santa suit and be Santa for just a few minutes – remember it was July and HOT. Continue reading