I remember one day many years ago, a friend asked me if I had ever heard of Christmas in July. “Of course”, I said. After I went home I realized that although I had heard of it, I didn’t really know how or why it started. So I did some research to find out.
Last week I thought about Christmas in July again when one of the girls on our staff asked me what it was all about. I explained what I knew to her, and then sat down and decided to write about it – just in case there are others out there who don’t know the hows and whys….
Christmas in July is not an official holiday. And while I have discovered that there are actually a couple of different explanations about how the tradition started, I will share what I learned the first time I did my research. For countries in the Southern Hemisphere like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, seasons are reversed. So for them, December is a warm month while July is generally the coldest month of the year. For this reason these countries, while they still celebrate Christmas on December 25th, have a second Christmas celebration in July in order to experience Christmas with a winter feel like the rest of us in the Northern Hemisphere do.
Then at some point in time, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere began a Christmas in July tradition as well, just for the fun of it. Over the years different states in America and other countries have come up with their own unique ways of celebrating. People throw parties that may include a visit from Santa, the serving of “cold” food and treats such as ice cream, and the exchanging of gifts. Hallmark will run some of their original holiday television films in July and lots of department stores and retailers will advertise “Christmas in July” sales. Places like night clubs and theme parks will even hold celebratory events open to the public – some will actually ship in tons of snow and attract thousands of participants.
Here at Ornaments With Love, we of course LOVE Christmas! So celebrating our favorite holiday in December AND July would make us happy. Maybe it’s time for us to join in on the fun. I think this year we will gather with our staff and families and begin our own Christmas in July tradition……maybe just without the tons of snow!