So many people are starting to celebrate this in Australia now. It is kind of nice, but at the same time. I have no idea where it came from! I’m hoping it started in Australia though.
You see, Christmas in Australia is pretty much, smack bang, in the middle of Summer. January is the middle of Summer, so it’s pretty close. Also though our “Christmas” in July, is in the middle of Winter (hence why I’m writing about it on the 14th). Close to the middle of the year, in the middle of Winter.
No one could really do it last year though. Though I suspect some did.
I really do love the idea though, what normally entails with a Christmas in July Party:
“Ugly” Christmas Jumpers
Traditional Christmas meals, but with a twist. As an example, we have a family friend who wraps up the brussels sprouts in bacon! She also makes the best truffles.
People tend to make more Winter/Christmas drinks, like your mulled wines and eggnog. As these Christmas drinks actually become more drinkable, because the weather is cooler, the eggnog doesn’t go off as quickly and make you sick -.-
People do buy each other presents too! However, they are normally silly (sometimes rude) little things. From a pound or 99c type shop.
(I don‘t know why WP is making my text only partly highlighted).
Do any of you celebrate Christmas in July? It’s becoming a big thing over here. I think because it actually is Winter and cold in Australia during July. So it’s a bit more appealing, than the usual hot summers we have in Australia.
I have decided, even though, I am really not drinking at the moment. I am going to participate in Dry July this year. I am hoping and asking people (pretty please) who would like to donate. I have to admit that initially I thought Dry July was going towards some sort of alcoholism research program. It’s about Cancer research that relates to alcohol. Also if you chose to donate it does not mean you have to stop drinking, it’s just myself that will not be drinking. I’m not even actually sure that people overseas can donate?
A few years ago, I was just a student and was not making much money, pretty much nothing. I was on, I think America and Europe call it Welfare. However, one of the bad thing about being on Welfare, I wasn’t always able to give the best Christmas presents.
Until one year, I came up with a solution and I’ve used it ever since, even now that I work. From the beginning of June, I put away an round amount every fortnight. So if my bank account had 232.57, I would put 32.57 dollars into my savings account, the day before I got “paid” my welfare.
Then from the end of July, I start to get little bits and pieces. I usually get three presents for my Mum, Dad and Brother…and if I’m dating someone I do the same thing. Two presents are usually something a little smaller and then one “big” one. One top of that, until last year I used to get a present for my very best friends and my mothers side have a ‘secret Santa’.
What do you do, are you a Christmas Eve shopper, do you plan ahead? How many of you write Christmas cards?
Just thought that I would give a quick shout out at my American friends and readers and wish them a happy 4th of July! Party and be safe! I’m sure that you all are aware of the celebrations of July the 4th, but I’ve just added some links for those who might be more curious or interested.