Every year, more people celebrate Christmas in July. Did you know that early birds start planning for it the moment spring arrives? Or are you wondering why it’s celebrated in the first place? This post explains why it’s more than being too eager for eggnog and elves.
We did a little digging on Christmas in July and discovered interesting references from way back. There are many things that make it worth celebrating every year, too. Here’s a list of these, plus trivia and events that make the midsummer holidays amazing.
1. It’s an excuse to sing Christmas Carols early.
Christmas in July lets you belt out your favorite holiday tunes months earlier. It’s also an opportunity to train your vocal cords for caroling season in December. Fa-la-la-la-la!
Trivia: Werther (1982) made one of the first references to Christmas in July. Based on a novel by Goethe and composed by Jules Massenet, the opera was about a poet who fell in love with an engaged woman. The tragic love story starts with a scene of kids learning a Christmas carol in July.
2. It’s a great way to make up for missed holiday celebrations.
Independence Day happens in July, so almost everybody gets a day off for this holiday. Are you planning a 4th of July bash? If you missed out on seeing your family last year, why not make it Christmas-themed? Decorate an artificial tree, exchange gifts, and create a summer version of your Christmas spread. Iced cocoa or BBQ turkey, anyone?
Trivia: Here’s another story on how Christmas in July started. It dates back to 1915 when stage plays ran all year long. The crew members typically spent the busy holiday season on the road and took summers off. A group of Long Island performers planned a clubhouse gathering with family and friends. They wanted to have a Christmas party on the 4th of July. This became an annual tradition that made up for the holidays they missed.
3. It’s one way of making summer camp more fun and memorable.
Thinking of sending your kid to camp? Talk to the counselors and suggest that visiting day be a Christmas in July celebration. The kids get to plan and organize the party, which helps build teamwork, creativity, and resourcefulness. Plus, celebrating Christmas with family might be one way to cure homesickness.
Trivia: In 1933, Keystone Camp in Brevard, NC held one of the earliest documented Christmas in July celebrations. In an interview for Country Living, the current director shared that it was camp co-founder Fannie Holt that orchestrated the first Christmas in July party decades ago. Campers had a Christmas tree, fake snow made from cotton, and a gift exchange. Santa even handed out presents while carolers serenaded the kids.
4. Nobody can tell you it’s way too soon to indulge in a feel-good holiday film fest.
When it comes to Summer movies, you immediately think of family comedies, superhero films, and rom-coms. Ticked off everything on your watchlist? Create a new one made up of holiday or Christmas in July flicks. Then, bust out the tissues and get ready to happy-cry your way through summer. If anybody asks why, you know what to say.
Trivia: Every year, the Hallmark Channel shows holiday movies to celebrate Christmas in July. According to an article in AZ Central, Hallmark started airing these in 2012 to launch a new line of holiday ornaments. The program was such a hit with viewers that they turned it into a yearly thing.
Trivia: Here’s another film worth watching: Christmas in July (1940). It stars Dick Powell and Ellen Drew. It’s about a clerk named Jimmy who joins a slogan writing contest for a coffee brand. As a prank, co-workers send him a telegram saying he won. Both he and prize sponsor fall for the trick, and Jimmy claims the cash. What happens as the truth is revealed makes for interesting viewing to say the least.
5. Don’t forget there’s that awesome thing called holiday cartoons, too.
Escape into a winter wonderland in the heat of July by streaming “oldies but goodies” from your childhood. It’s also a chance to introduce your children to your favorite characters. Go ahead and kick back while remembering Christmas as a kid. Go the extra mile and decorate a Christmas tree using your favorite flick as the theme.
Trivia: The animated movie Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July came out in 1979. Ever wondered why the nose of the most famous reindeer glows? And what would happen if it suddenly dimmed? Well, this family-friendly film gives you the answers. While Rudolph is on the quest to keep his nose glowing, Frosty the Snowman finds a way to save his family from melting. Do they both get happy endings? Find out in this classic cartoon.
Trivia: Cartoon Network had Christmas in July programming events, too. It wasn’t done yearly and only one day in July was dedicated to Christmas specials. Cartoon lovers got to relive their love of Christmas by plunking down in front of the TV. The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, and Johnny Bravo, are among the few that got airtime.
6. It might be hot outside, but Christmas in July reads make it cold as winter in your mind.
The summer heat can be a real downer. With a good book, it’s mind over matter. In the spirit of Christmas in July, check out the titles below that will put you in a “holi-daze.” Set up a reading nook indoors and crank up the AC. Or make a weekend trip to the beach and pick a cool spot with plenty of shade and enjoy the ocean breeze. Make sure a cooler filled with ice-cold drinks is within reach, too.
Trivia: All is Well: The Miracle of Christmas in July by Frank E. Peretti was published in 1991. If you prefer books over movies or series, add this one to your reading list. To come up with rent money, a kid named Daniel starts selling off his family’s stuff—including Christmas ornaments. He goes door-to-door in their neighborhood. This feel-good story is perfect if you’re feeling the winter blues during the summer.
Trivia: Christmas in July by Arthur Yorinks and illustrated by Richard Egielski was also published in 1991. Spoiler alert: Imagine what would happen if Santa Claus goes to jail and delays Christmas. He tries to retrieve his trademark red pants after they were sent to the wrong household. What a mess!
7. If December is crunch time at work, now’s your chance to take a breather and really enjoy Christmas.
Are you a busy elf who clocks in overtime during December? Christmas in July is the perfect time to take a break and enjoy the holidays. Meet up with your fellow elves and trade toymaking secrets over frozen eggnog. Everybody should have a shot at celebrating the season of giving. And speaking of, keep on reading to see why it’s a good time for gift-giving.
Trivia: In July 2016, a Santa Claus convention was held in Branson, Missouri. The Discover Santa 2016 was a major five-day event that featured workshops and various activities. National Geographic reported that 750 Santa impersonators (and their families) showed up. It was also a great networking venue for professional Santas. Impersonators met with vendors such as suit makers and beard care specialists. Imagine that!
8. When else will you wear an ugly Christmas sweater if you live on the other side of the world?
One good reason many celebrate the holidays mid-year is because that’s when it’s coldest in the Southern Hemisphere. If you live on that side of the planet, you have reason to pull out your ugly Christmas sweater a second time. We know you want to!
Trivia: Christmas in July happens during winter in countries like Australia and New Zealand. Residents of Down Under celebrate twice a year with the one in July known as Yulefest or Yuletide.
9. It’s one of the best times to shop ’til you drop. Read: amazing summer deals.
July is when spring and summer merchandise gets cleared out. Holiday décor companies also hold special seasonal sales. It’s one of the best times to buy a Christmas tree. So, start saving up and search for the best Christmas in July promos.
Trivia: Treetopia holds a tree-mendous Christmas in July sale annually. Last year, customers got as much as 50% off on regular prices and enjoyed sun-sational savings until August! If you’ve been eyeing any of our colorful Christmas trees and other décor, stay in the loop to get first dibs on special offers.
10. It’s another chance to give back and spark joy in others.
Jump at a second opportunity to spread cheer and give in the true spirit of Christmas. Take part in meaningful events and support a cause you believe in.
Trivia: Several companies held unique events to bring joy in the summer of 2020. It was the height of the pandemic around the globe, so a lot of groups looked for bright sides and silver linings. For instance, Burger King gave one of its stores a holiday makeover saying, “2020 has been a challenging year, so we’re doing our part to wrap it up early.”
11. You get a head start on planning your decorations for Christmas in December.
There isn’t an exact Christmas in July date, but the 25th day of the month is usually included in celebrations. The period between the two dates may seem lengthy, but time flies when you’re busy. That’s why Christmas in July is a great opportunity to kick off your preparations for the holidays. Why not try out all the different themes you have in mind?
Trivia: There are exactly 153 days between July 25 and December 25.
Here’s another idea. Mark the holidays and seasons with your colorful tree. Put up patriotic decorations in July and give one last summer hurrah with a tropical tree in August. Say yellow to fall with an autumn-themed tree in September. Then, decorate a Halloween tree in October. What’s next? Pull out your Christmas ornaments as early as November.
12. Psychologists say Christmas decorations can brighten your mood.
Feeling low? It’s never too early to put up Christmas decorations, no matter what the Scrooges say. In fact, a holly-jolly home transformation might sweep bad vibes away.
Aside from your holiday centerpiece, consider colorful wreaths and garlands to brighten your spaces. Don’t forget to string up lights for some sparkle.
Trivia: Christmas decorating supposedly lifts your mood, according to psychologists. Steve McKeown says it does that by bringing back magical childhood memories. The fun activity also boosts dopamine, the happy hormone, according to Deborah Serani.
At Treetopia, we’re no stranger to year-round celebrations. Whether it’s an official holiday or just because, go ahead and have a blast. Want to celebrate the holidays twice? Then, “You do you.” We’re behind you 100 percent.
Did this post get you pumped for Christmas in July? If it did, share the excitement with family and friends who want to celebrate the holidays twice. Have a merry one!