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Christmas in July: The History, Traditions and How to Celebrate

Ever heard of Christmas in July? Wondering why Christmas in July is celebrated? Wondering if you're supposed to gift Christmas gifts for this special event? Wondering what countries celebrate Christmas in July? What are the traditions surrounding this mid-year festive season? Wondering if we offer Christmas hampers for gifting this July? We've got all your questions covered and more in this mid-year festive season overview.

How Did Christmas In July Start?

Christmas in July, like many traditions, doesn't have a single particular origin story. There are many incidence over many decades across the United States and other countries that recount the beginning of Xmas in July traditions.

While the holiday has become highly commercialised in recent years, this is to encourage people to spend money on a Christmas gift for loved ones and boost retail sales, there are still some traditional christmas themes that are followed during this mid-year festive season.

It appears that a mention of Xmas in July was featured in a French Opera in 1892, making this a very early idea of celebrating Christmas festivities at a time other than December. Other than this, there are multiple mentions of this Christmas holiday in American culture, although it's not treated as an official holiday season, and more of a marketing venture to encourage the gifting of Christmas presents and gift hampers.

For Australia, Christmas in July isn't a widespread tradition right across Australia. There isn't any cultural requirement for Christmas gift shopping or swapping, no public Christmas tree displays, no Christmas holidays, and you won't find Christmas pudding in your local grocer, however it has become a way to take some time out of busy lives to create the perfect Christmas mid-year to spend time together and focus on friends and family (and we think it's the perfect time to drop hints about Christmas gift ideas for December too).

How To Celebrate Christmas In July?

So how do you celebrate Christmas in July? Well, there's no wrong way! Whether you want to have a big feast or just gather at the office to share some Christmas cookies with friends, anything goes. As for Xmas gifts, it's up to you whether you want to give them or not. There's no real corporate Christmas gift tradition, but for family and friends, it's a completely personalised tradition.

Dinners and special nights out are a popular way to bring people together for a mid-year Christmas. It's a great reason to enjoy Christmas food, and bring the best Christmas gourmet fare out to enjoy. While Christmas in Australia is normally extremely hot, celebrating Xmas in winter means your Christmas food menu can be a little bit more varied and offer a range of food that is more suited to a hearty winter warmer feast than summer salads.

Christmas in July food menus are more likely to include warm roasts, mulled red wine and hearty stews rather than cold seafoods and salads, but of course just like every Christmas celebration, this one is personal too.

What Are The Best Gifts For Christmas In July?

No matter how you choose to celebrate, Christmas in July is a great way to enjoy the festive season with family and friends. And if you're looking for some amazing Christmas gifts, we've got you covered! Our range of Christmas hampers are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. So what are you waiting for? Get celebrating, have a gourmet Christmas hamper delivered to someone special, or buy one yourself to create the perfect Christmas meal with Australia's best gourmet food.

Offering 100% Australian made gourmet food, our Christmas hampers offer the perfect Christmas gift ideas for all the family. We've got beautiful wine gift hampers, sweet gift hampers, and of course our iconic bbq gift hampers that are a super popular Christmas gift for foodie dads, all available online with luxury gift hampers to suit every budget. We make it easy to shop for the entire family, with premium food hampers available for Australia-wide delivery including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Don't forget we offer amazing delivery offers with Free delivery for all orders over $99.

Our gourmet Australian made Christmas hamper is packed full of festive goodies like rich chocolate sauce, Christmas lollies, Brandy custard sauce and so much more. This specially curated hamper makes a beautiful Christmas gift idea for any recipient who appreciates quality. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping today!

What Are The Best Foods To Serve For Christmas In July?

There's no wrong answer when it comes to food for Christmas in July! Whether you want to have a big feast or just share some Christmas cookies with friends, anything goes. However, if you're looking for some inspiration, we've got you covered. Check out our list of the best foods to serve at your Christmas in July celebration!

  • Shortbread Cookies: A classic Christmas treat that's perfect for sharing with friends
  • -Fruitcake: A festive favorite that's perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea.
  • -Pavlova: A light and airy dessert that's sure to please everyone.
  • -Roast Meats: The perfect main dish for your Christmas in July feast, while Summer can be a hot time in Australia, having a Winter Christmas makes serving roast meats much more enjoyable.
  • Australian made foods - Did you know our entire range is 100% Australian made. We offer everything to make your festive feast a luxurious one, including nibbles, condiments and dessert sauces, we even have Merry Christmas Rock Candy.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Christmas in July! If you're looking for  some great gifts that are 100% Australian made, don't forget to browse our range of Christmas hampers. We've got something for everyone! Merry Christmas (in July)!