Where did it all begin?
Some believe the tradition of celebrating Christmas in the middle of July began in Europe, as a way to celebrate Christmas in summer. The origins of this untimely Christmas festival have also been ascribed to a group of Irish tourists on vacation in Sydney’s Blue Mountains in their summer (Australia’s winter) of July 1980. It is said they were so overjoyed at the sight of snow that they convinced the proprietor of a local hotel to hold a party called ‘Yulefest.’ The idea was an instant hit, the proprietor saw a golden opportunity and decided to hold a Christmas Party each year in July.
Wherever it started, today the tradition is so well entrenched in Australia that most dining establishments look forward to the opportunity to ‘deck the halls’ and offer a menu of traditional Christmas.
It’s also no surprise that the celebration of Christmas in the cooler months is welcomed by Australia’s ‘imports.’ Many have difficulty, even after living here many years in adjusting to our hot summers and standard Christmas menu of cool meats and salads, pavlova and fruit salad and cold drinks to chase it all down! Those who have come from Europe or America especially enjoy the thought of a hot roast meal – even if it’s five months early!
No matter what the reason, or where you hail from, Christmas in July is a fun way to satisfy the craving for cooler weather and holiday cheer and to enjoy Australia’s cooler months (while they last!)
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