Happy Christmas in July!
Welcome Christmas friends to my first ever Christmas in July Linky Party! I'm so thrilled you are here to join me at my very first Christmas in July Linky Party!
Let's keep the spirit of Christmas alive this month by sharing our favorite Holiday blog posts from Christmases past. Fill the house with festive scents, grab a cup of your favourite brew, listen to some of my favorite Christmas tunes and help me Celebrate Christmas in JULY!
Every July, on the Sunday that is closest to the 25th, I host a Christmas in July party for my family. Some people thought it was a bit weird at first but these days it seems that many people who live in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate Christmas in July.
Christmas in July is a great chance to get friends and family together for a fabulous winter feast but it is also growing in popularity all around the world.
The earliest reference for the phrase 'Christmas in July' was in July 1933 at a girl's summer camp in North Carolina USA. The term later gained momentum with the release of the Hollywood movie comedy 'Christmas in July' in 1940.
Then in 1942, the Calvary Baptist Church in the USA celebrated 'Christmas in July' featuring a sermon 'Christmas Presents in July' and a Christmas tree. By the end of the sermon, the tree was covered with donations and gifts from the congregation. The donations and gifts were then distributed to missions worldwide. By 1946 this annual service began to be broadcast over local radio.
Today many Churches across the world celebrate Christmas in July with services, fund raising and activities.
The Lakewood United Methodist Church hosted a Christmas in July public festival. They gave away snowcones, treated everyone to a free concert, gathered donations for the Gardner Food Pantry and helped Central Arkansas Rescue Effort (CARE).
"Christmas in July" festivities are said to have started here in Australia in July, 1980 when a group of Irish tourists asked the proprietor of a hotel in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales to hold a party called "Yulefest".
Guests getting into the Christmas spirit at the Fairmont Resort in Katoomba
Scandinavian languages translate the word "Christmas" as Jul (literally, Yule), which happens to be the abbreviation for July in English!
My Christmas in July party usually includes a few Christmas decorations (I don't put up my tree!), Christmas candles, bonbons, Christmas hats and small toys for the kids.
I have had no problem finding yummy recipes to try, as one of my favourite Australian recipe sites has got a whole section devoted to Christmas in July! Have a look at some of these festive recipes!
Despite the fact that Christmas in July has become very commercialized in many places, I think that it is an occasion to remember the spirit of Christmas, which, according to Washington Irving, is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. It is also a fun way for people in the northern Hemisphere to satisfy a craving for cooler weather and it is a fun way for us in the South to experience what a Northern Hemisphere Christmas would be like.
I love celebrating Christmas in July!
I hope you can share the Christmas Spirit with me today and link up any of your old (or new!) posts that relate to Christmas; you can share recipes, projects, DIY, crafts, tutorials, your home tours, decorating ideas, anything that will help us share the Christmas Spirit!
Feel free to grab the code for the Christmas in July Party button and add that to your post so that your readers might be able to find other bloggers who would like to join the fun.
Thanks for linking up!
I will also be sharing all of your wonderful posts on my Christmas board on Pinterest! This board is full of fun and festive ideas and is followed by more than 5600 pinners!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Best Christmas wishes and Happy Christmas in July!
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