Christmas is one of the most anticipated times of the year, but you don’t have to wait until December to feel the festive spirit. With Christmas All July, you’ll experience the joys of the season much earlier through fun activities and great deals. Ever wonder how this tradition began? Read on to learn its history and why the Balsam Hill July Sale is the best time to do your Christmas shopping.
What Is Christmas All July?
Christmas All July is a month-long Balsam Hill sale event in honor of Christmas in July – a tradition observed in parts of the Southern Hemisphere during the middle of winter. This celebration involves decorations, gatherings with loved ones, and some of the best Christmas sales. Some countries in the Northern Hemisphere also celebrate Christmas in July to feel the wonders of the Yuletide season earlier in the year.
History of Christmas in July
There are different stories about the origin of Christmas in July. Here are some key events around the world that helped form this tradition:
In the Southern Hemisphere, winter runs from June to August, making July the perfect time to recreate Christmas traditions. This is often traced back to a group of Irish tourists who traveled to Sydney’s Blue Mountains in 1980. Inspired by the sight of snow during their summer vacation, they convinced a local hotel owner to hold a “Yulefest” party.
It’s believed that Christmas in July started in Europe out of a yearning for the winter’s coolness and seasonal festivities amid the summer heat. Some throw parties to recreate Christmas traditions and enjoy cold treats like ice cream. These ideas can also be fun to try in your own celebrations this summer.
One of the earliest celebrations of Christmas in July happened in 1933 at the Keystone Camp in North Carolina. Then, in 1940, a comedy film titled introduced the term to a wider audience. Other Christmas in July events were held in the 1940s, including an annual church program in Washington, D.C., and an early Christmas mailing campaign for overseas U.S. servicemen.
Around the World
Different cities across the globe put up night markets, such as the Winter Wonderlights in Sovereign Hill, Australia. This street market offers many attractions, including beautiful light displays, live plays, and faux snowfalls. Meanwhile, hotels and restaurants in the celebrate Yulefest through themed decorations, feasts, and other festivities. In the U.S., Christmas in July festivals and fun runs are held in various states.
Why Shop During Christmas All July?
Mid-year sales add to the festive cheer of Christmas in July. If you buy gifts and decorations a few months ahead, you’ll have more time to unwind when the actual season begins. Additionally, Christmas shopping in July offers the following advantages:
You'll Find the Best Christmas Deals of the Season
You have greater odds of finding the best Christmas shopping deals outside of the year-end rush. There’s lower demand for holiday merchandise and prices are adjusted accordingly. This is your chance to get the perfect tree and décor at prices you won’t find anywhere in December. You can also find Christmas clearance in July as we make way for new decorations.
You Avoid Crowds and Stock-Outs
The holiday rush often leads to crowded stores, long queues, and low stocks. Buying during Christmas All July is one way to address these common shopping woes. Alternatively, Balsam Hill sales offer online Christmas shopping deals so you can sit back and relax as you wait for your parcels to arrive. For more information on our sale events, read this GUIDE.
You Eliminate Delivery Delays
Delivery companies tend to get overloaded with orders due to a seasonal peak in demand, resulting in delays. Ordering your Christmas trees and décor before the busy season helps ensure that you get your purchases sooner.
You Have More Time for Christmas Preparations
Shopping early gives you a head start on Christmas preparations. You’ll have all the time you need to set up your tree and decorate it to your heart’s content. With shopping and decorating out of the way, you can put your mind at ease and enjoy the holidays.
Look forward to a stress-free holiday season by planning months ahead. Click the button below to find the best Christmas shopping deals in July.