Sunday, 26 July 2020

Christmas in July

At Noi, Petersham
I was posting something about Christmas in July (mainly to wind up the anti-Christmas-starting-too-early people as a joke), when a Belgian friend asked why I had a Christmas picture up...and it occurred to me that Christmas in July wasn't a global thing, because of course, in half the world Christmas actually is cold, and July is hot...

It is most commonly celebrated in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and is sometimes known as Yulefest. It started so that we could comfortably eat a hot Christmas roast (as Xmas lunch is often prawns etc because it's too hot too cook) and go somewhere with the possibility of a chance of snow...

It was just that weekend of the 25th (or thereabouts) but is now pretty much all of July with all sorts of festivities.

It can be done with presents, but usually not unless there are little kids involved. It can be done with extended family, but usually not. It can be done at home, but usually not. In fact, it's stress free, obligation free Christmas. You don't even have to do it with the same friends every year. You can mix it up as much as you like. It's Christmas without any expectations.

The good people at the Grounds made this sensational cake (you have until the end of the month you get your hands on it, order here). Ginger, Cranberry and Orange flavours...The kids all turned their noses up at it and then licked the plate while it sounds very sophisticated, it tastes delicious to all palates!

I had planned a celebration with the kids and ordered roast pork (which was a WHOLE LOT of CRACKLING - a big crowd pleaser!) and the cake. A couple of sides and we were sorted for an easy Xmas feast. However, the night before pick up, I was COVID tested. I realised I couldn't do the pick up, nor drive in the same car with a family member to run in and pick I rang the Grounds to organise delivery. They were so kind and delivered it for free. Those that follow my Instagram may have noted I was a very regular customer during lockdown...and I can't recommend them highly enough! Their kindness & understanding cheered me up no end.

(Probably should have taken a photo of the pork when first served on the table, as it looked amazing. However, this is why I'm not a food blogger. Too greedy to remember to take photos first!)

Test results came back just before dinner and I was able to sit at the table with the family that night.

Canceled plans and spontaneity seem to be the norm in this new world order, and it's something that takes a bit of adjustment for me. However, sometimes, like a Christmas miracle, it all works out in the end.

Do you celebrate Christmas in July?

Linked with #Allseasons because in Australia,  July includes a faux xmas it's a seasonal post in this part of the world.


  1. Good night, how are you? I am Brazilian, from Rio de Janeiro and looking for new followers for my blog. And I will follow yours with pleasure. New friends are also welcome, no matter the distance.

  2. What a fun celebration and delicious dinner! I;m glad you were healthy and able to sit with your family to enjoy it.

  3. I love a happy ending and I'm glad you were with our family for this fabulous dinner. It all sounds so very good. I think it would be fun to have Christmas in July. I might have to do that next year. Not enough time to plan right now.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  4. I think Christmas should be definitely once a year. Summer would be good so that we could enjoy it on a sunny day instead of gloomy grey days.

  5. What a fun thought. Only problem is convincing the extended family! Looks beautiful and fun.

  6. I am glad your test came back negative and you were able to enjoy Christmas in July with your family. Pork and crackling is a favourite with all our lot. I have been to a Christmas in July dinner once, and it makes sense to have it in winter in Australia. Take care and enjoy your week and thank you for visiting my blog last week.

  7. So glad your test was negative - and that the Christmas miracle occurred. I LOVE Christmas so an extra opportunity to do it gets a great big yes from me. We did the pork roast and crackling on Sunday night with all the trimmings too.

  8. Glad the Covid test was negative Lydia! And your Christmas in July looks lovely. I've never celebrated it I must admit though I like the idea.. given our summer Xmases are very different to those we traditionally see on TV and elsewhere!

  9. Glad your test result was negative! I've never celebrated Christmas in July but your feast looks delicious! I'd love to experience a white Christmas one day.

  10. Oh just reading the title got me all excited. Im so ready for the dark nights, cups of cocoa and comfy jumpers

  11. Christmas in is a concept...but Christmas without cold weather and crisp air just wouldn't feel the same.

    1. That's why we have it in July for fun - it's our winter! Our real christmas is boiling hot!