The origins of Christmas July has deep roots in both Australia and the United States.
The ‘Christmas in July’ celebration, as practiced in Australia, now attracts people from all parts of the world. Christmas in July, was accidentally established on a snowy wintery night in July of 1980 at Mountain Heritage – an award winning hotel which is situated in the blue mountain of New South Wales, Australia. The irony of winter in July prompted some Irish Guests lodged at the hotel to ask the hotel management to assist them in creating that ‘home winter atmosphere’ by supplying Christmas activities and foods. The management was able to provide Christmas decorations, roast dinners, bonbons, log fires, mulled wine, snow men, carols, egg nog, plum pudding, mince pies and the occasional snow fall; thus, ‘Christmas in July’ was born.
In the United States, Christmas in July became popular due to a couple of isolated events. The first catalyst was when a sermon themed “Christmas presents in July” was given by the Calvary Baptist Church in the United States. The purpose was to start gathering presents in July so that they can be distributed to missions and missionaries around the world in a more timely matter.
The second catalyst was a Christmas in July campaign put together by a joint effort of the U.S. Post Office and the U.S. Army and Navy, which partnered with American advertising and greeting card industries to promote the early mailings of Christmas gifts to service men and women serving in World War II.
Today, many all over the world enjoy celebrating Christmas in July.
It doesn’t have to be December for you to have that special feeling, all you have to do is come down to Christmas in Maxwell and purchase items like mulled wine, red and green decorations and beautiful ornaments, and your ‘Christmas in July’ is set.