Christmas in July - The history of Christmas
Although it is sometimes attributed to an Irish group who enjoyed the winter snow in Sydney's Blue Mountains and decided to party, the precise beginnings of the Christmas in July tradition is not totally clear, nor does it need to be, as it is a simple idea that has been enjoyed by many here who remember the nothern hemisphere's snow blanketed christmas nights.
Australians too love a traditional Christmas dinner, however the typical midsummer heat here on Christmas Day, means that many families are forced to focus on salads, because it is just too hot to get enthusiastic about a traditional big roast with pudding etc.
So over the years many Australian families and organisations have opted to have an addition Christmas dinner in July celebration, in the middle of winter when it's nice and cool and great for tucking in to a sumptuous big feast. A Christmas in July dinner usually includes Christmas Decorations Christmas Candles, colourful streamers, bonbons, Christmas hats and whistles.
This Christmas tradition is so well entrenched in Australia that most restaurants, clubs and dining halls, have an official advertised annual catered menu for Christmas in July, and are often booked in advance. It's always a great excuse for work teams to get together and party, and at a time when they don't have to battle to reserve a table and pay premium prices.
One of the great annual Australian events for Christmas in July is the annual Newcastle & Lake Macquarie, Christmas In July fundraiser Ball held at the Belmont 16 Foot sailing Club in July each year. If you live in Newcastle or Lake Macquarie you will love this event which is a great funds raiser for charity.
It is the Australian snowfields however, where Christmas in July traditions really come into their own. July being the peak season for the snowfields they all have special events connected with their Christmas in July celebrations. The main Australian snowfields resorts are at; Thredbo, Perisher Blue, Mt. Buller, Charlotte Pass, Mt Selwyn, Falls Creek, Hotham, Baw Baw, Mt. Buffalo, Ben Lomond TAS and Corin Forest ACT
Of course all of the young revelers love to build a snowman when they are in the snowfields, Santa skiing on the slopes is a quite a treat and, since everyone that is there, is on holidays, the nights are full of dining and cheer and merriment, so it is a perfect scene for Christmas in July celebrations. Many families make the brief excursion to the Australian snowfields just for the Christmas in July celebrations.
Gift shops in the snowfields are of course brimming with Santas and Snowmen figurines. These snowfields gifts shops are great places to get a snowman souvenir of the holiday or a nice addition to your Christmas ornaments collection.