Any excuse will do to get into the festive spirit, right? This month we’ve seen many families and people of all ages celebrate a favourite tradition of ours known as Christmas in July. While some might feel sick at the idea of putting on Christmas twice a year, a lot of people take great comfort in getting together with family, eating pudding and exchanging gifts on a winter’s day – which some might say is the way Christmas was supposed to be celebrated.
The festival or tradition is more popular in countries located in the Southern Hemisphere. Thanks to our friends over in Europe and the United States, Christmas is a time that we invariably associate with winter. We see it in films and hear about it in stories; ultimately the tradition of Christmas makes use think about snow, mistletoe, sleds and stockings; all things we don’t experience during Christmas in Australia. Rather it’s 30 degree days, the beach and sitting around in shorts and singlets in front of the AC. While no one’s complaining, the argument could be made that celebrating the holiday in the summer time takes away some of that traditional Christmas feel and festivity.
Many Australians are able to compensate by celebrating Christmas in July, which is becoming increasingly popular. Ironically, it is thought to have originated in Europe as a way to celebrate Christmas in summer, though it has been adopted here in Australia for the opposite reason! As they say, the grass is always greener.
While many enjoy Christmas in July, it is not without its critics. Some believe that celebrating it cheapens the real Christmas and is even disrespectful to the Christian holiday. Others suggest that it is a highly commercialised event, created by big business as a marketing ploy.
Our opinion is that if it involves getting together, exchanging gifts and having a good time it can’t be all bad. And it’s an absolute fact that hot puddings and ice cream are best served in front of a fire with the pitter-patter of rain on the roof.
We’ve had a grand old July enjoying our share of Christmas puddings and we hope our customers have to!