The History of Christmas in July

Christmas in July may seem like a modern marketing gimmick, but its origins date back to the 1930s. In Australia, where July is the middle of winter, a children’s movie titled “Christmas Lilies of the Field” was released in July to provide a wintery Christmas experience for those in the southern hemisphere. The concept caught on and has since spread worldwide, often to boost sales during the summer lull.

The debate over celebrating Christmas in July has been ongoing. Some argue that it diminishes the holiday’s significance by making it too commercialized, while others argue that it’s a harmless way to have fun and spread cheer during the summer months.

In the United States, some towns and cities have embraced the trend and hold Christmas in July festivals, complete with parades, concerts, and even visits from Santa Claus. These events often raise money for charitable causes and bring communities together.

Making Your Own Christmas Wreaths

One popular way to celebrate Christmas in July is by making Christmas wreaths. Wreaths are a classic holiday decoration that can be easily adapted for summer. Here’s how to make your own:

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need a wreath form, floral wire, wire cutters, and various greenery and decorations. Look for summery materials that still nod to Christmas, such as pinecones, berries, and holly.
  2. Attach the greenery. Start by attaching the greenery to the wreath form using floral wire. Work your way around the wreath, covering the entire form.
  3. Add decorations. Once the greenery is in place, add your decorations using floral wire. This step allows you to be as creative as you like, adding whatever festive items you have.
  4. Hang and enjoy! Once your wreath is complete, hang it on your front door or in a prominent place. It’s fun to add some Christmas spirit to your summer decor.

As the debates over celebrating Christmas in July continue, there’s no denying that it’s become a popular tradition for many. Whether you embrace it or not, making your Christmas wreaths is a great way to get into the spirit of the season, no matter the time of year.