It’s the middle of July, and in less than five months, Christmas will be over! If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, time is running out. Take, heart, though, you have a chance to raise your Christmas consciousness with the fantastic concept of Christmas in July. If nothing else, this unofficial but very popular holiday signifies our need to think cool during what can be one of the hottest months of the year.
For those eager to deck the halls, there is an official Christmas in July Festival in West Jefferson, North Carolina. They have an official website. This year’s festival took place July 1st, with kickoff events starting July 30th. Needless to say, the festivities cover all things Christmas. The festival location in Ashe County, North Carolina is known as the United State’s number one Christmas tree producer.
There is a 1940 movie title “Christmas in July” starring Dick Powell. The origins of the holiday are unclear, but some give credit to a group of Irish tourists visiting Sydney, Australia’s Blue Mountains in July for starting it. The HolidaySpot.com gives a good history of the holiday as well as ways to celebrate which include decorating artificial trees, singing carols, and exchanging gifts.
Elsewhere, Christmas in July weddings, complete with Christmas decorations and Santa’s sleigh, are very popular. It’s no accident that Hallmark debuts its new collectors’ ornaments in July, and other main retailers begin displaying Christmas kits and decorations during July.
Festivals and celebrations vary around the world, but Christmas in July is an international concept. Australia and similarly situated countries began to celebrate it because the winter is in full swing during July in countries below the equator.
Retailers caught on fast to the benefits of celebrating a cool holiday during a hot month. Even during the 60s and 70s, lots of newspapers advertised special sales and restaurants offered Christmas in July discounts. There are lots of opportunities for bargains during the whole month of July, and right now, the Ruby Red Tag Sale is your place to shop. So, get your digital shopping shoes on and a very Happy Christmas! You can shop the 50% Ruby Red Tag Sale NOW!
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