Thursday, July 11, 2024

Christmas in July: Adding Holiday Sparkle with Easy Cookies & Cozy Romance by Josie Riviera.

Let's give July a touch of Christmas magic – it's easier than you think!

Here's a down-to-earth guide on how to sprinkle some festive joy into your summer:

  1. Decorate Your Space: No need to go overboard, just a few decorations can do wonders. Hang some fairy lights, put up a wreath or two, and maybe place a small Christmas figurine on your mantle. It'll add that cozy holiday vibe without breaking a sweat.
  2. Festive Treats: Let's talk about everyone's favorite part – the food! Whip up some easy Christmas cookies to snack on while you enjoy the season's spirit. And don't worry, I've got a simple recipe for you below.
  3. Movie Night In: Gather your loved ones (or enjoy some alone time) and cozy up with a good ol' Christmas movie. It doesn't have to be the latest blockbuster – classics like "Home Alone" or "It's a Wonderful Life" will do just fine.
  4. Spread Kindness: Take a cue from Santa and spread some joy wherever you go. It could be as simple as complimenting a stranger or volunteering at a local charity. Remember, it's the little things that count.
  5. Make Memories: Whether you're single, dating, or happily committed, make the most of this time with your loved ones. Bake together, laugh together, and cherish every moment.

Now, let's get to that Christmas cookie recipe:

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies



1 package of store-bought sugar cookie dough (16-ounce package)

All-purpose flour (for rolling)

Christmas-themed cookie cutters (like stars, trees, or bells)

Assorted colored sugar or sprinkles for decorating


  1. Preheat your oven to the temperature specified on the cookie dough package.
  2. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out the sugar cookie dough until it's about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Use the Christmas-themed cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the dough.
  4. Place the cookie shapes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving some space between each cookie.
  5. Sprinkle the cookies with colored sugar or sprinkles to decorate them.
  6. Bake according to the instructions on the cookie dough package, usually around 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

These festive Christmas sugar cookies are perfect for your Christmas in July celebrations. They're easy to make and sure to bring a smile to everyone's face. Enjoy!

New release! Celebrate Christmas in July with Holiday Hearts Volume 5!

Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting spirit of Christmas with this heartwarming collection of three sweet and clean romances. These stories are like a warm cup of cocoa for your soul, celebrating the true magic of the holiday season. ★★

In 1-800-NEW YEAR, Shanice is faced with a choice: sell her cherished family farmhouse or hold onto the memories it holds, especially those of her teenage crush, Lincoln Reid. When Lincoln returns to Roses, NC, their paths cross once again, but this time, he's determined to win her heart. This small-town contemporary holiday romance promises a Hallmark-worthy Happily-Ever-After and a beautiful interracial love story.

Christmas in the Air  Meet Penelope Reid, a single mother navigating life after a difficult divorce. She opens up to a stranger on a plane, only to discover that he's none other than Jacob Williams, the new pediatrician in town. As their connection deepens, secrets are revealed, and a heartwarming romance blooms, all while facing the judgmental eyes of her critical son and their close-knit community. Get ready for a tale filled with holiday cheer and the power of love.

Cocoa's Christmas Love    Visit Evergreen Valley, where Ivy Bennett's flower shop is the heart of the town. When a disillusioned hometown photographer, Blake Shepherd, returns, he crosses paths with Ivy and her magical Wishing Blooms ceremony. As their lives become intertwined, along with the addition of an adorable rescued pup named Cocoa, the holiday spirit rekindles their hearts. This story will enchant you with the beauty of nature, the magic of the season, and the power of love.

If you're a fan of sweet romance movies and books that fill you with joy and captivate your spirit, don't miss out on Holiday Hearts Volume Five. Grab this 3 book boxed set today at a special introductory price. Available in ebook and paperback.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully support husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovation.

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