What is Christmas in July?


What is Christmas in July?

Shells and Rocks DIY Christmas Wreath You have probably heard of the phrase “Christmas in July” but may not know what exactly that means. What is Christmas in July? It is the idea of taking Christmas, a holiday celebrated in the middle of winter, and celebrating during the month of July, in the middle of the summer. Though it seems like an oxymoron, it is a very popular unofficial holiday celebrated around the world. Many stores feature products and sales, and people decorate, celebrate, and stay warm while joining in on this seemingly out-of-place holiday.

With a fascinating mix of origins and gaining popularity through the years, the Christmas in July history is a fun one. There are many Christmas in July ideas to help you enjoy yourself, too, including specific Christmas in July decorations and party ideas for the whole month. As previously mentioned, there are many Christmas in July celebrations that people partake in around the world. People love Christmas, so why not celebrate this holiday more than once a year?


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What is Christmas in July?

What is Christmas in July?

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Christmas in July History

Christmas in July Ideas

Christmas in July Celebrations


Christmas in July History

In winter, many of us are dreaming of summer, but it is the opposite in winter. Sometimes Christmas festivities seem too far away. Christmas in July festivities last throughout the month with no specific date. Christmas in July celebrations are thought to originate in the 1930s when a summer camp put up a Christmas tree, gave gifts, and feasted on holiday foods in July, which gained attention. However, a Hollywood film, Christmas in July, released in 1940 was the first time the mainstream public was introduced to this phrase. The movie, starring actors Ellen Drew and Dick Powell, is not particularly Christmassy; it is more of the idea of the Christmas mentality. At Christmastime, people are happier, spend more, and indulge. The premise of the movie is that the main character comes into money and celebrates as if it were Christmas. However, the phrase has adapted from this and become what it is today over time, through different organizations and people picking up these ideas.

 Christmas in July


Christmas in July Ideas

Though many of the winter Christmas traditions are celebrated in X-Mas in July happenings, because it is summer, some things are a little different. You may have seen Christmas in July decorations, including homemade Christmas ornaments that show Santa enjoying summer activities, like water skiing, surfing, sipping on a cocktail in flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt. Ice cream, cool drinks, and beach decorations are popular, too. Instead of melting snowmen, some people even make “snowmen” out of sand. The beauty of this unofficial tradition is that people can get super creative.


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Christmas in July Celebrations

Another fun origin of Christmas in July is the story of Irish tourists visiting Australia in the summer of 1980. Because Australia is in the southern hemisphere, they celebrate their December Christmas in the summertime. These tourists were so excited to see snow that they persuaded the owner of the Mountain Heritage hotel in the New South Wales Blue Mountains to throw a “Yulefest” to recreate Christmas festivities while they were on vacation. It was an instant hit and still celebrated every year. Events include building snowmen, singing carols, decorating the area, and large Christmas dinners throughout the summer.

Set up a Christmas table outside!

In the rest of the world, there are many local Christmas in July parties, with events including fun runs, music, parades, decorations, and visits from Santa Claus (who may be dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, rather than his stuffy winter costume). One of the most noteworthy events in the United States is the Christmas in July festival held in West Jefferson, North Carolina. Since 1987, citizens and tourists have gone all out to celebrate their local Christmas tree industry, along with traditional mountain music, dancing, and arts and crafts. This popular affair attracts many visitors every year.


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Oh, I love the seashell wreath. I think that is my favorite item from this whole batch. It is so adorable. Thank you for the history on the phrase. I had no idea it went back to the 1940's. That is crazy to think we have been using this term for so long.

Christmas in July is such a great precursor to the real thing! Fun to have a tropical Christmas and add some different touches to make it unique!


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