Christmas in July

My favorite holiday + my favorite time of year = my favorite ironic holiday.

But “Christmas in July” isn’t as much of a ironic novelty as those in the Western hemisphere will have you think. In many places, Yuletide is celebrated during the winter months of June, July & August. Australia, being the primary place of celebration as temperatures in December average at about 75 degrees Celsius in Sydney, making it one of the hottest months of the year.

Not really the time to drag an evergreen indoors for a roast….

Yuletide

by definition means “the Christmas season.”

As the Holiday Spot explains, Christmas in July came about out of a love for Christmas:

The precise beginnings of the Christmas in July tradition is not very clear, although it is commonly believed that it actually started in Europe, as a way to celebrate Christmas in summer…Amid the scorching summer months, people miss the gift giving, and holiday spirit of the Christmastime. Though it is not known when it started exactly, it is probably from the 80s that the festival began to be celebrated…It was held that celebrating in the warm season would ensure a strong, happy winter Christmas season.

This untimely Christmas festival is also often ascribed to a group of Irish tourists who went for a vacation in Sydney’s Blue Mountains in the summer months of July in 1980. Away from the summer temperatures in their country, they were overjoyed at the sight of snow there. It is believed that they convinced the proprietor of a local hotel in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales to hold a party called “Yulefest”. The idea was an instant hit and caught on the imagination of everyone present there. The proprietor saw a golden opportunity in this and henceforth held a Christmas Party each year in July…Today, the tradition is so well entrenched in Australia that most restaurants, clubs and dining halls, have an official advertised annual catered menu for Christmas in July, and are often booked in advance…The whole occasion has come to be utilized as a marketing gimmick as much elsewhere in Australia as in its snowfields where the month of July coincides with the high season in the Australian skiing resorts (source).

So, the next time tells you that summer isn’t the time for Christmas music & movies, tell them to shove it because an entire country has your back.

#ChristmasinJuly