The Origin Of Christmas In July
There are different reasons that determine how people celebrate Christmas and indeed even when! The earliest known literal celebration of Christmas In July was first started in 1933 at a girls camp called Camp Keystone. This is just one interpretation of the use of Christmas outside of December, according to Christmas History. And yes, 1933 is certainly longer ago than I would have thought. I assumed a Christmas in mid-year would have been a more recent trend.
For countries in the Southern Hemisphere such as Australia and New Zealand, for example, it is Winter in July and Summer in December so a Yule Tide In July Party gives people who live there and even people who have moved from such places as America, the chance to celebrate a cold Christmas. Otherwise, Christmas for those in the Southern Hemisphere means mostly warm if not HOT weather around Christmas.
Your Thinking Cap For Christmas Decoration Ideas
So, I’ve put my Christmas In July thinking cap on for you so you can use some fantastic ideas to light up your cool winter Christmas. While it might not be snowing in many parts of Australia, you can still decorate your Christmas to give it that Christmas and winter feel all in one.
Planning Your Party
The first best step is to plan it out.
- How many guests will you invite?
- What party date will you set?
- What seasonal foods are available?
- How many will fit in your house or around your dinner table?
- What theme will you use?
- Will you use existing Christmas decorations or buy some specifically for your July party?
Once you have decided on the questions above, you can then take further steps to get organized for your Christmas party. It’s lovely to get an official invitation in the post. It makes it official and you have a greater chance of attendance rather than just sending a text message or email to friends. You can always send a follow up text or email prior to the date as a reminder but getting a postal Christmas invitation makes it special. It lets your guests know you are serious about your Christmas occasion and that you intend to make it sparkle.
To make the occasion fun you can ask your guests to bring something related to their Christmas. It could be something they wear or a little ornament they can put on the table as their place setting. Other ideas include posting them all something a little different with the invitation and asking them to bring it along or wear it. It might be a Christmas flashing bow tie, a frosty the snow man brooch, a Rudolf the reindeer hat, stripy Christmas socks, a santa scarf or even a white Santa beard. These are just some ideas. I am sure you can come up with some of your own.
Other things to consider with your guests are their food requirements. Is there anyone that is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free? If you are unsure then you can always do a vegetarian dinner that is gluten free without even having to mention it. Eating healthy these days does not have to be a statement or even noticeable given the extent of so many wonderful vegetarian Christmas In July recipes available.
Make It Seem Like It Is Snowing
You can add multiple effects to make it seem like it is snowing outside. Add fake snow to your windows, use fairy lights outside that hang down like a screen, hold your Christmas party at night for a greater impact. Add warmth with color, large decorations such as an inflatable santa, candy canes on the mantle with stockings. Fill your spaces with Christmas decorations to give your space a snug feeling. Have a Christmas throw on the couch with your Christmas cushions, use a themed table cloth and table runners, dim the room and add Christmas angels as candles or mini-lights. If you are using Christmas hats, the extra puffy white rim look and fluff will give a warmer feeling too.
When your guests arrive and step inside they need to be awed by the Christmas spirit. It may take a little Extra effort because Christmas is in July after all and not December but you can create that Christmas spirit and make a wonderful statement if you make an effort.
I hope your Christmas in July is a wonderful festive time for you if you choose this time of year to celebrate.