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Make hay while the sun shines. This saying dates back to Medieval times, when peasants were busy binding, hedging, ploughing, sowing, thatching and generally toiling on their masters land. There’s plenty to not be envious of the quality of life for many in Medieval times, but consider this, Medieval man had 150 days a year for feasts, holidays and rest! Life was governed by a liturgical calendar that attached great important to festivals long forgotten nowadays.

The pace of modern life is significantly faster, and our celebrations and traditions have much changed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t establish small, regular rituals that give us and our children things to anticipate, look forward to and look back on with satisfaction. Every tradition, whether small or grand, starts because one person decided that it was important enough to continue and remain a means of connecting with family and friends over the years. Family celebrations and traditions strengthen bonds, enrich the life you share together and create lasting memories.

When you have your own family, you can start new traditions too. A few years ago we celebrated Halloween in Chicago. Never before had we seen such dress up en masse and experienced trick or treating with so many enthusiastic families up and down the same street. It was so memorable for us that when we returned to Sydney, it was a family tradition that we decided to start.

This American tradition has us quite captivated and so it’s always interesting to hear what traditions other families partake in over the course of the year. One of these that I’ll be partaking in for the first time this year, is Christmas in July.

Christmas in Australia is a little different to the winter wonderland of the Northern hemisphere. Come end of December, we swelter in the mid summer heat. This is how it goes for some of us…it’s too hot to roast, so we turn to cold cuts of meat, salads and a fruit laden pavlova. After lunch the kids are let loose to run through the sprinkler as the adults slump on the couch, overfed and relaxing under the aircon unit. There’s sport on the tele, some prefer to clink beer necks, whilst others toast long stemmed glasses with a cool, crisp, Chardonnay to the year that’s past.

I can see the appeal of Christmas in July. Rugged up in a reindeer jumper by an open fire place, eating roast turkey and plum pudding followed by a glass of brandy tippled eggnog, all the while crisp white snow flakes drift by outside. Now it seems that hotels and restaurants from the Blue Mountains to Thredbo have cottoned onto this appealing idea and are selling sumptuous six course dinners served up snow side. My Christmas in July celebrations won’t be so luxe, but nonetheless, it will be interesting to try on a new tradition and see what I think of it. Baubles, bubbly and tinsel in July, it can’t be all that bad, can it?


Have you celebrated Christmas in July and what do you think of it?


Diana Collings

Diana is mother of two and wife of one living in the quiet green of suburban Sydney. She runs art and craft classes at nursing homes and blogs about it at

  1. I think July is a far better time to have the traditional baked Christmas dinner and hot deserts than December, when it is way to hot to cook, let alone eat such big heavy meals’

  2. Yes we do we get all the Christmas decorations out even the lights and we invite friends over lat year we had Thirty. Adults and Twenty Three children it was such a great day the kids had kids wine which is grape juice in goblets so much fun was had by all

  3. UUUMMM, mas means birth of, Christ means, well hope you know. Want your birthday moved 6 months, merely commercial exploitation thats why I choose not to

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  4. No thank you. Christmas once a year is quite enough. As for moving the birthday – meh – Jesus was probably born around the 1st October. So choosing July or December is neither here nor there.

  5. Have done Christmas in July several times.Everyone really enjoys eating Christmas dinner on a cool day.Drag out Christmas decorations and all.Lots of laughs all round.

  6. Hahahaha! We were doing Christmas in July and I am so relieved that we havent done it this year.
    I am one of those rare people who tries to ignore Christmas.Shhhhhhh don’t tell anyone.
    Of course I dont succeed, but I will never get all of my children together in one place again.
    I had such dreams of us all being one big happy family.
    So I happily join in with whoever is around of course.

  7. Christmas in July works very well in Australia, hosted many of them.. It’s winter so you can have all the traditional cold Christmas things, snow, fires etc. Also it’s nice to have all the heavy, hot, yummy things & you can eat twice at much than in the heat of December.. Kids have the December, adults love the July one..

  8. Sorry another gimmick taken from the Yanks. Has actually been done in Australia for at least twenty years as my sister put one of these on for my brother in law’s 60th He is now 81

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    • Still a stupid money wasting exercise. Besides why is the a blog underneath this topic talking about Hilary Clinton.

    • Its an Australian site Wendy Biden.
      Christmas in July is also used for charity events.
      Some people just like to be negative

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