Why do Australians celebrate Christmas in July?


Ever heard of a celebration called Christmas in July? It happens in Australia during the middle of winter and it is in addition to the real Christmas in December.

The real Christmas only happens once a year – on 25 December.
It’s a national public holiday in Australia and people spend the day with family and friends,
and swapping presents and enjoy good food and drinks.

December in Australia is in the middle of the summer, so it’s hot and humid.
So Christmas is celebrated differently in Australia compared to the northern hemisphere, where
it’s winter.

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

Australia has a British and European heritage, That’s why there’s a strong attachment to the tradition of celebrating Christmas in cold weather, That’s why there’s ‘Christmas in July’,
also known as Yulefest in Australia.

The coldest month in Australia is July, So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks.
Australia celebrates on July to emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter.
It’s not an official holiday and it does not replace the real Christmas in December,
It’s an extra celebration, and not celebrated by everyone, but it’s getting more popular.

Where does the concept come from?

Christmas in July is also be found in other countries in the southern hemisphere
Like new Zealand and South Africa.
Nobody knows where the concept comes from, but it’s rumored  to have originated with a small group of people creating the occasion in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

People like to gather with family and friends, That’s why Christmas in July is a great excuse.
It’s also a reason for public events and ticketed functions.

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Why do Australians celebrate Christmas in July?