Celebrating Christmas Early In The Southern Hemisphere
No matter where you are in the world, the Christian holiday of Christmas is officially celebrated on the same day of the calendar year. But the history of the holiday has become so ingrained in the spirit of the winter season that it causes a problem for countries in the southern parts of the globe. Even if it's snowing in many regions of the northern hemisphere in December, it's the opposite on the southern side. In order to make Christmas feel more like the traditional holiday, many countries celebrate in July. Here's a few facts about countries that do and how they do it.
Midwinter In Melbourne
It doesn't usually get too cold in Australia, even in the most chilling of winters. Yet, for many, it's a lot easier to get into the traditional Christmas spirit with a chill in the air as opposed to baking on a humid day when Christmas actually comes around. July is typically the coolest month of the year in cities like Melbourne, but not cool enough to feel comfortable celebrating with the traditional American or European food and activities. Instead, they stay true to Australian tastes.
It isn't unusual for certain parts of Australia to see snow during the winter, but usually it falls near the mountain regions, like the Blue Mountains near Sydney. This region is where the summer Christmas tradition is said to have begun. Yulefest is a time to get together with family, as well as an excuse to indulge in delicious Christmas dishes with all the trimmings. Gifts aren't the big focus of the holiday, but many exchange small gifts during Yulefest as a fun way of marking the halfway point to Christmas.
South African Celebration
Early Christmas is becoming even more popular in South Africa. Much like Australia, celebrating at the heart of the winter season helps inspire a traditional cold-weather Christmas atmosphere. Many individual towns and provinces throw festivals to mark the occasion, and businesses from toy shops to restaurants make sure to stock up on all the right practical Christmas gifts and treats to inspire a holiday feeling. Santa and his elves can even be spotted around neighborhoods.
Chillier In Chile
A chilly day in Chile is a pretty warm day to some of us living in the northern U.S. Temperatures never drop below freezing. They rarely even get close. But when the average temperature in the summer is sizzling, the cooler months are a much more bearable time to get in the holiday spirit. Chileans have their own unique Christmas traditions, and summertime Yule is not an excuse to celebrate a different version of the holiday. Christmas in Chile has as much history as it does anywhere else, and they celebrate with their own traditional religious festivals, meals, and drinks. They just celebrate twice a year.
In the northern hemisphere, especially farther north where the winters are usually pretty harsh, early Christmas has started to catch on as a clever way of allowing families to visit each other and celebrate their favorite holiday in the warmer months. Coordinating schedules for extended families to get together can be difficult in the winter. Ice, sleet, and snowstorms deter a lot of travelers from making long trips, so celebrating with a light summer party is a nice alternative.
Every holiday tradition has an origin. Most, like an early Christmas in the southern hemisphere, have a pretty reasonable history. Whether you're planning an early Christmas or merely prepping for the holiday festivities, The Lakeside Collection has early gifts and last-minute stocking stuffers you'll love.