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Where did the tradition of Christmas in July originate from?

by Household Essentials • July 24, 2020

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Where did the tradition of Christmas in July originate from?

Taking out Christmas decorations in the middle of the summer? Hanging up the stockings above the chimney while it is 85 degrees outside? What is the story behind the seemingly untimely tradition?

The unofficial holiday comes from a tradition that originated from countries located in the Southern Hemisphere of the globe such as Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. The seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are actually reversed to the Northern Hemisphere where winter occurs during June, July, and August. Although they still celebrate Christmas on December 25th, they find it feels more festive to also celebrate Christmas when it actually feels like Christmas.

Christmas in July in the Northern Hemisphere countries has become more popular and widely celebrated in the most recent years where it is has penetrated TV stations and Marketing campaigns.

The hallmark channel has a week dedicated to celebrating Christmas in July where they air Christmas movie favorites for one week. 

QVC, a television network and shopping channel that specializes in home shopping embraces Christmas in July with wide-open arms where they have a month-long campaign dedicated to Christmas products. 

Being more informed about Christmas in July, you may feel the spirit of Christmas come upon you. If you chose to celebrate Christmas in July, here are some ways you can celebrate with the rest of the world. 

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Set up a Summer-Themed Christmas tree.

It may feel a little odd to set up a Christmas tree in the middle of summer, but making it more summer-themed may feel a little less out of place. Here are some guidelines to help you set up your summer Christmas tree.

Choose your theme

You can do a beach theme, Surfin’ Santa theme, or tropical themed tree. Get creative on the theme. There isn’t a right or wrong way!

Choose your colors

Pick tropical colors like bright greens, pinks, yellows, purples and blues. No need to stay within the confines of the traditional red, green and white colors.

Gather all your ornaments

Time to choose all your fun ornaments! It may be hard to find some summer Christmas ornaments, but you can find these unique ornaments in specialty Christmas stores and home good stores that are participating in a Christmas in July campaigns, like QVC and Household Essentials.

Check out these nifty tree storage bags to store your fun summer-themed tree when the festivities are all done. 


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Have a “Snowball fight” with Water Balloons

Bake a pizza on Leifheit's Ceramic Pizza Stone and fill the carafe with ice-cold lemonade. Grab some friends, fill up some balloons with water and start a snowball fight! 


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DIY your own “Christmas in July” Themed Ornaments

Time to scour YouTube and Pinterest for some DIY Christmas in July ornament ideas. Need a place to store all your newly crafted masterpieces? Look no further than this sturdy holiday ornament storage box where you can store your ornaments: DIY creations and store-bought treasures alike.


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Watch the movie, “Christmas in July”

The 1940’s film is about a man who thinks he is the winner of the grand prize in a radio show contest. To his dismay, it all turns out to be a prank gone wrong. Set up your outdoor patio and enjoy the timeless classic while sipping some wine.

When all the Christmas in July festivities come to an end, make sure to store your Christmas tree, wreath, and ornaments in quality storage bags and boxes until it is time to take them out again!

Are you celebrating Christmas in July this summer? Tell us how you plan to celebrate! We would love to know!


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