Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Why Christmas in July?

According to Wikipedia, Christmas in July was started in the Southern hemisphere because they wanted to enjoy a winter Christmas theme, and July is the coldest month. In the Northern hemisphere it is to sort of a way to take a break from the heat, even if it's just mentally, and try to invoke some holiday spirit so often seen in December at Christmas time. Makes sense to me. After all that is part of why I personally started celebrating Christmas in July several years ago.

A few years ago I bought a booklet from Gooseberry Patch that is, appropriately enough, titled "Christmas in July". It suggests that folks could use the too hot to move days of July to prepare for Christmas, making homemade or handmade gifts and even throwing a party for others to craft Christmas gifts. I like that!

This is from our Christmas tree last year...

However, last year was the first time I really worked at. Did I get everything for the holidays done? No. Was I still trying to finish up in December? Yes, a few things. Did it help considerably to have completed a few projects and have an idea of what else needed to be done? Absolutely. Was it fun? OH, MY, YES!!

So, this year, I'm planning on at least getting a few little things out of the way in July. I'll be sharing some of the menus and recipes that I'm planning to use, as well as showing you some pictures from our previous holidays and also giving you a few crafty ideas. I hope you check in often!! And even if you choose not to participate yourself, I hope you'll join in the fun with the rest of the Christmas Crazies that make up the message board at Magical Holiday Home and see what's up! Ginger has some great things planned and already has a couple of crafts listed. Give it a try!

And, like I always say, everything you do today to get ready for Christmas is one less thing you have to do in December!

Merry, Merry!



  1. Hi Cathy! What a beautiful blog you have here. I'm looking forward to reading more post on it.

    Ali aka Merry Sage

  2. All this time on MHH and I didn't know about the reason for Christmas in July. Just thought it was for Christmas crazies like us. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What interesting information. I just assumed that merchants started Christmas in July since there are so many ads and sales geared toward this! TFS.

    Good luck in my giveaway drawings each week. DH will draw from this week's entries in the morning.

  4. Hi Cathy

    I too have just started my Christmas preparations in July, by setting up a blog for my book 'Christmas Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Christmas'.

    You can find out more about me and my book here:

    Hope to see you there sometime!

    A Happy (belated) Fourth of July,

    Jonathan Green


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