We’d be remiss to allow this month to end without giving a nod to an unusual tradition. So, without further ado, join us in one last bit of celebration — of Christmas in July!
What’s the origin of Christmas in July? Simple: because seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are pretty much the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere, summer for countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina falls in December, January and February. For these southern hemisphere countries, winter falls in June, July and August. Although these countries still celebrate Christmas on December 25 along with the rest of the world, they’ve decided to hold “Christmas” events in July, also — in order to take advantage of the festive feel their own winter months can add to the holiday. Of course, here in the northern hemisphere, especially here in America, we don’t have that excuse. It’s hot here! But who needs an excuse to celebrate the birth of Christ the Savior? Not us! Most of us would celebrate Christmas year-round — if we could get away with it. Now, who wants some eggnog?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 King James Bible)