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A Midsummer Celebration
Up until the last few years, I genuinely believed that my uncle came up with the idea of Christmas in July. I distinctly remember my uncle throwing his holiday parties in December, long before we moved to Florida. Because we would visit every December, we were allowed to go for a little while before it turned into an “adults-only” party. He felt that everyone’s calendars were overfilled with invitations so he moved his party to July in the mid-’70s.
He would still dress up as Santa and decorate his office with a Christmas tree and lights. Of course, he also included a charitable component and had his guests bring non-perishables to donate to a local food bank.
The History of Christmas in July
Apparently, I was misguided in my belief that my uncle came up with Christmas in July. The first Christmas in July dates back 84 years according to legend. It took place at an all girl’s camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, N.C. On July 24th – 25th, the camp co-founder gave the names of the cabins tied into Christmas. The jr. and sr. campers were called Elves and Pixies.
The event included carolers, a tree, Santa Claus, and fake snow made of cotton. Campers made stockings out of their laundry bags. Years later they added a gift exchange.
My July birthday daughter hated having a summer birthday growing up. Most of her friends were either away at camp or on vacation. That meant fewer friends around to celebrate and no special attention at school like her other friends had with balloons, cookies, cake, and candy. We made sure to celebrate her birthday with the friends that were around. She grew to love her birthday when the camp she was a counselor at, made a huge deal of her birthday. She still gets birthday messages from them.
And that July birthday daughter of mine today? She works in events and still throws a theme party every year. One of her favorites was her Christmas in July party a few years back. Her friends all came in ugly Christmas sweaters.
Hallmark’s Christmas in July
Ways to Celebrate
It is certainly easy to be cynical about the commercialization of Christmas in July. I get it; I used to hate when the stores would put out decorations right after Halloween. Truth be told, after the year and a half we have been through, who doesn’t need a way to celebrate and bring some cheer into our lives?
Plan a themed party complete with floating pool lights, a wreath pool float ring, and even artificial snow powder. You can add in games like a snowman toss cornhole game too. Throw in some photo props. If it’s an adult party, you can make candy cane shots (1 part Rumple Minze, 1 part whipping cream, and Rose’s Grenadine) and play beer pong but using green and red solo cups and racking the cups in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Christmas in July Sales
Getting to the commercial aspect of the month could give you a jumpstart on holiday shopping by taking advantage of some great sales. Perhaps you are shopping for back-to-school or preparing a student who’s leaving for college. Maybe you are truly getting a jump start on holiday shopping regardless of the holiday you celebrate
Lovepop – Now through July 25th, get 10% off all Christmas cards and gifts.
Nordstrom – technically it’s their traditional anniversary sale. Credit cardholders get early access July 12th – 18th and then it opens up to the public.
Fanatics – earn bonus Fancash on summer footwear, tanktops, Starter®, Vineyard Vines- it’s a great time to add to your fanwear, whether college or professional.
Society 6 – I love this website because it introduces you to a global community of independent artists. Their artistic work is then applied to everything from home decor to back-to-school collections, apparel, and more. collections.
Dormify – design your own room or get some inspo from curated rooms. Great for dorm rooms as well as their first apartment. Sheets from $25 and 20% sitewide through July 25th.
Wayfair – find something for every budget. My daughters decorated their first NYC apartment with a couch, coffee table, and wall art and decor.
Tapestry Girls – from tapestries to bedding, posters to lighting and dreamcatchers, Tapestry Girls is the #1 resource for dressing up a dorm or apartment in an affordable way Look at them as a one-stop-shop for bohemian and mandala tapestries and decor for bedrooms, living rooms, apartments, and dorms. Use code HAVEUHEARD at checkout for an additional $5 off any order.