05 Jul Christmas In July | 5 Fun Ways To Celebrate
Christmas In July
Christmas is always a ‘Claus’ for celebration. So why not celebrate it twice a year with a Christmas in July party!
Yes, Christmas in July is a thing, so if you want to indulge, have a festive feast and get a bit merry it’s time to party northern hemisphere style and enjoy the types of Christmassy things that just don’t work in a blazing hot Australian summer – think cosy Christmas jumpers, fireplaces, mulled wine and perhaps even snow.
So where did the idea for Christmas in July in Australia start? Legend says it’s thanks to some Irish tourists who were visiting the Blue Mountains in July in the 80’s who managed to convince the proprietor of a local hotel to have a ‘Yulefest’ party to celebrate Christmas in July. The event was such a big success that the hotel ran it again the next year and the year after that, and the idea caught on.
Need Christmas in July ideas? Here are 5 fun ways you can celebrate!
Ever feel that little bit jealous of your northern hemisphere friends and their crazy, and sometimes downright awful Christmas jumpers? Yeah, us too! For some reason, Christmas t-shirts for actual Christmas just don’t seem to cut it!
The good news is that Christmas in July is the time to embrace this ironic trend. Finally, it’s jumper season, and time to find an ugly Christmas jumper to wear to your Christmas in July party! Ugly Christmas jumper contests are 100% a thing!
You can find a good selection of Christmas jumpers here or even have a go at making your own! Just add sparkly pom poms from a craft shop to a cheap sweatshirt and you are done! Left-over tinsel works well too!
Christmas In July – Mulled Wine
Hot wine and summer and summer just don’t mix, so make the most of the colder months and indulge in some delicious and comforting mulled wine. Red wine and spices – yes, please! It’s like Christmas in a glass.
Mulled wine is so simple to make – why not try this simple version…
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split length-ways
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced
- 750ml red wine
- Select all ingredients
Combine the spices, sugar and most of the orange (reserve some slices for serving) with 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 5 mins.
Add wine and heat gently until hot. Strain the mixture into a warm serving jug and pour into warmed glasses. Decorate with reserved orange slices.
Ps. You can always take the easy option and get a bottle of mulled wine already spiced – like this one from Dan Murphy’s. Simply, pour, add to a pan and heat! Easy!
Fun fact – The Nordic states call their variant of mulled wine Glogg. One of the reasons glogg is so popular in Sweden is the fact that it is an excellent afternoon beverage. Sounds good to us!
Christmas In July -Easy Entertaining
We get it. Christmas can be kind of stressful sometimes! Entertaining, cooking, buying presents, family gatherings and the endless to-do-lists. Even though we LOVE Christmas it can be A LOT of work.
Christmas in July shouldn’t be stressful. It should be a paired-down Christmas. Low-stress Christmas. It comes without the pressures of celebrating with all your family. It’s a choice rather than an obligation.
Unless you want to there is no reason to slave over a hot stove all day cooking the perfect roast dinner. Keep it simple and ask everyone to bring a plate, make a cheese board or even better head to a pub or restaurant with a group of friends in your silly Christmas jumpers and Santa hats for a slap-up meal!
We think that cheese boards, snacks and dips are the perfect way to go! If you need hints and tips for styling the perfect cheese board, then read our handy guide.
How about making this Christmas in July – Christmas CharcuterTREE Board? (see what we did there?) Who needs a tree when you have this! Click here for full instructions.
Or what about a CharcuterWREATH board? Our Marble Cheese Board would work perfectly with this idea!
Image via Pinterest
Of course Christmas in July would be nothing without a few sweet treats! Traditional mince pies are always a fave, but not as easy to find. If you are a total fan you could make your own – this recipe is a good one!
If you are something cute and quirky these tasty treats are fun to try.
Christmas In July – Christmas Cocktails
We love cocktails a lot! So just love another opportunity to expand our cocktail menu and indulge in some festive-themed cocktails. Here are some fun ideas for you to try at your Christmas in July party!
- Classic Christmas Snowball – a retro Christmas cocktail at its best!
- Eggnog – a creamy Christmas classic made with brandy, cream, eggs and vanilla.
- St Nick’s Flip – is so indulgent it could be considered a dessert in a glass
Classic Christmas Snowball – Image Source – BBC Good Food
Dry July, pregnant or saying Nah, to alcohol? No problem! There are so many yummy no-alcohol alternatives. We love this non-alcoholic Christmas Pudding Cocktail and the decadent non-alcoholic Egnogg by the beautifully creative Mindful Mocktail or why not check out the selection of non-alcoholic red wines and sparkling on Sans Drinks? Beer drinker? Take a look at Heaps Normal for some non-alcoholic beers.
Christmas Pudding Mocktail – Image Source – The Mindful Mocktail
Christmas In July – Let It Snow
In some Australian states, it can be cold enough for snow…think the snowy mountains and skiing in Thredbo and Perisher Valley – so why not organise a trip to a winter wonderland?
A trip to the Blue Mountains is always a great place to spend Christmas in July with cosy accommodation and roaring fireplaces. You are not always guaranteed snow, but there are still plenty of places that capture the Christmas spirit!
If you just want to make a day of it checkout Snowtime at the Hunter Valley Gardens. It’s a proper winter wonderland filled with fun icy-activities including building a snow man (or a snow family) in the mega snow pit, gliding down a giant ice toboggan and skating on a real ice rink.
So the big question is….how are you going to celebrate Christmas in July?
Christmas in July doesn’t need to be a full-on flashy event even if you do one thing to celebrate we can guarantee that it will be worth it!