Christmas in July

Today, we celebrated Christmas in July with our entire family. It was a great day, everyone was able to come and the kids had an absolute ball. The idea behind Christmas in July is that we get to experience a “cold” Christmas. That didn’t happen. We are having a bit of an “Indian Summer” so it was quite a hot day for July even by South African standards. The kids and gents were all wearing t-shirts and shorts.

Everyone got a small gift from me. Mini gingerbread houses for the kids and chocolate coated shortbread for the adults.


We had a traditional hot meal of roast lamb, roast potatoes and a variety of vegetables. My sister, Laura, is vegan. She contributed a delicious lentil and veggie curry.


I didn’t manage to get a picture of the desserts. My sister, Cath, made a banana and chocolate bread butter pudding and a milk tart.

It was all very festive and delicious and we even had a lovely log fire.




80 thoughts on “Christmas in July

    1. It was fun. Our overnight temperatures dip just below freezing some nights -1 or -2 degrees Celsius. Our day time temperatures are usually in the early 20 degrees Celsius although we have short patches of colder weather. A day time temp of 9 or 10 degrees Celsius is about our coldest. We have only had snow twice in my life.

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      1. Well, it’s summer, but it’s been way too hot for way too long. Now I’m complaining. But we’ve spent a lot of time watering our hydrangeas and letting the grass go dormant. But, it’s summer, and that’s good. 😁

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      2. It seems like there is no balance with the weather. We had unusually cold weather for us and now we are having an Indian Summer with unusually hot weather. You are very hot now and you had severe cold for so long you thought summer was never going to arrive. Such is life I suppose.


  1. What a cool idea, Robbie! I think I’d like to try it next year. Of course Christmas in July in Florida would definitely be at the beach. ;D The food and your gifts looked scrumptious. My family celebrates Christmas with a roasted or fried turkey. My husband’s family roasts a pig outdoors over charcoal. 😀 xx

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    1. We often have a roasted turkey for our December Christmas too. Sometimes we serve it cold as it is so hot in December here. A pig roasted outdoors sounds like a lot of fun. It reminds me of Little house in the big woods when Pa roasts the pig and the children fight over the pig’s tail. Great fun.

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  2. Sorry Robbie! Its a little bit to late for congratulations, but i hope you all had a great celebration. The last days i had something like an “enemy evaluation period”, 😉 so i cant visit all the blog i want to do. Best wishes, Michael

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