Did you know that Christmas isn’t only celebrated in the month of December? It’s true! Many around the world celebrate this fun and joyful holiday in the middle of the year when it is hot and sunny in much of the world.
Read on to learn the history of this season through some interesting facts about this second Christmas!
Christmas in July is usually recognized as occurring on July 25th.
The first mention of Christmas in July dates back to a French opera in 1892 that mentions “When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season.”
The term “Christmas in July” originated with the 1940 movie “Christmas in July” which follows a man who buys gifts for his family during the summer.
The official celebration of the pseudo-holiday is believed to more formally begin in 1944 when the U.S. Post Office and American greeting card companies launched a Christmas in July campaign to encourage the early mailing of cards to overseas soldiers.
In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are in reverse to the Northern Hemisphere, with summer falling in December, January, and February, and with winter falling in June, July, and August.
In some southern hemisphere countries, such as Australia and Brazil, Christmas in July events are undertaken in order to have Christmas with a winter feel in common with the northern hemisphere.
The popular television series Wheel of Fortune celebrates Christmas in July annually with a Secret Santa giveaway.
The Hallmark Channel runs their original Christmas movies in July to align with the release of their popular Keepsake Ornaments in stores.
Every July, the home shopping network, QVC, has Christmas in July sales. Generally, the sales begin on July 1 and continue throughout the month.
Christmas in July celebrations in Yellowstone National Park were formerly known as “Savage Christmas” coined after a former nickname of park employees.
Who says you only need to celebrate the most joyful holiday of the year once? Get your second Christmas on by gathering your team, friends, or family for a Christmas celebration in the month of July.
If you are looking for fun ways to do just that, we offer hosted private team game nights themed around Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!