Friday, July 25, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party!


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!

Welcome to the 2014 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.

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party!


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.

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party!

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.

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party!


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.

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party!
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".

Christmas spirit: Guests at the Fairmont Resort in Katoomba.
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.

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party!


Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party, Paddywax cedar and fern candle


Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party, Malka cinnamon oil


Welcome to the 2014 Christmas in July Linky Party, candles


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!


Wassail (Spiced cider)




Cumin-salted smashed chats


Mustard roast beef with aioli


Roast loin of pork with crispy crackling and roasted apples


Berry and mascarpone trifle


Lebkuchen


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.


Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365




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!

Natasha


Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!
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Monday, July 7, 2014

You're invited...to a Christmas in July Linky Party!

Christmas is always on mind...I'm sure you already guessed that by now. What about you? Do you plan for Christmas months in advance and think about it all throughout the year? I'm pretty sure that heaps of people are already starting to think about the holidays, especially if Pinterest is anything to go by. My Always Thinking about Christmas boards are getting fuller by the day and I can't believe how many people are pinning festive posts on Pinterest!




This got me thinking, why not celebrate Christmas in July with a linky party so we can share and showcase all of our favourite festive posts from Christmases past; after all, Christmas is going to be here before we know it!

That's why I'm inviting you to join me for my very first 
Christmas in July linky Party! 



Even though it's summer for many of my bloggy friends, it's Winter Down Under and I really need some Christmas cheer! I hope you can pretend it's cold and link up any of your old (or new!) posts that relate to Christmas; you can share recipes, projects, DIY, crafts, tutorials...anything to help us celebrate and prepare for Christmas 2014! 

I've even created a fancy button that you can add to your post or add to your sidebar to help spread the some Holiday Cheer!


Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

I hope you can join me for my very first 
Christmas in July linky party on July 25th!


Best Christmas wishes,

Natasha


Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!
You can also visit me at PINTERESTTWITTER, GOOGLE+

Saturday, July 5, 2014

There are so many ways you can follow Christmas Spirit 365!

There are so many ways you can follow Christmas Spirit 365!

Just click each picture to follow me via your favorite
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There are so many ways you can follow Christmas Spirit 365! Image Map


Best Christmas wishes,

Natasha


Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!
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