Christmas in July
BY Danielle Rosewall
Christmas in July is an event celebrated here in Australia and many other countries in the southern hemisphere. In Australia, Christmas day is celebrated in the peak of summer so we always miss out on experiencing the atmosphere of a winter Christmas which includes a fire place, roast dinner and snow.
The earliest known occasion where the term Christmas in July started was in July 1933 at camp Keystone, a girl’s summer camp in North Carolina, they celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts and a visit from Santa. Although the precise beginning of it is not totally clear it is said that the tradition here in Australia was started in 1977 when a group of Irish visitors experienced the fall of snow which reminded them of Christmas back home, and asked if they could arrange to have a traditional northern hemisphere winter style dinner.
Over the years many Australian families have opted to have an additional Christmas dinner set in July in the middle of winter so that we can get stuck into the traditional roast lunch/dinner. It has become so popular that many restaurants and clubs have advertised catered menus for the occasion.
Everyone loves Christmas and of course the food, so why not join in the festivities this year and do your own Christmas in July. Maybe leave the tree in the cupboard but break out all the Chrissie decorations, cook up a storm and be merry because after all, that’s what it’s all about.
If you’re looking to celebrate the occasion, here a few places to check out and maybe even take the kids along.
Sovereign Hill Christmas in July
Running from June 29th till the 14th of July, for all ages.
• Winter wonderland
• Victorian style Christmas trees and decorations
• Traditional Christmas carols
• Meet St Nicholas
Christmas in July at Mt Baw Baw
Running from 28th June till the 13th of July.
Mt Baw Baw will be decorated with fairy lights and Christmas decorations. Santa will also be roaming about to help spread the cheer.
Free activities such as
• Daily snowman building competitions
• Face painting
• Toboggan races
• Christmas movies being screened
Running 3rd August till the 8th of August
• Special Christmas dinner
• Visits from Santa
• Kids activities
1st July till the 31st July.
Lady Lavender’s Tea Room will be providing its regular menu, along with specials for Christmas in July including turkey parcels and Christmas pudding with custard.