Do you dream of a White Christmas? Or at least a cold one?
Christmas in June and July parties have become popular in Australia – not just with northern hemisphere expats but also Aussies who grow up with that divide between the winter Christmases in films, songs and books and our mid-summer visits from an overheated Santa.
Do you have presents at Christmas in July parties? Not to the same extent… Secret Santas and lucky dips perhaps, especially if you want some novelties to keep the kids busy.
It's all about food and dressing up. The two things that our hot Christmases discourage is the full Christmas feast and putting on something classy with more than one layer. This is your chance to indulge.
It's also about people you like! Unlike the official Christmas where you have to spend time with some of your least favourite relatives, you can celebrate Christmas in July with whoever you like.
Set the Scene! These online shops provide Christmas decorations all year round. Christmas in July is more concentrated on a single event – table decorations, bon-bons, Christmas hats…
Christmas Party Products and Decorations – all year!
A decorated Christmas table sets the scene for a celebratory Christmas dinner – the roast, the veg, crusty bread… puddings, rumballs, cake… mmm…
- The Christmas Warehouse has several stores in Sydney and an online site for Australia-wide delivery. They have a massive range of Christmas decorations for indoors and outdoors. You can browse their products by theme, colour and price.
- Party Products Australia – Christmas decorations, scatters, Christmas themed-tableware, Cutouts, Bon Bons, Bags and lots lots more
How many Santas can you have at one party? Of course there are lots of other characters – you can go as one of Santa's helpers – a Christmas elf or a sexy Ms Christmas. See these shops and you'll find something that suits you…
- Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. Costume Box are based in Sydney with flat rate delivery throughout Australia. They also deliver to New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. See their Christmas selection.
Christmas Gifts – Secret Santa & Lucky Dips
If you don't want to do the whole Christmas gift exchange thing, a novelty gift for each guest works well – either chosen for each guest or as a lucky dip.
- Coolthings – All about the latest cool gadgets, gizmos and gifts that make you say “That's Cool”. Based in Tasmania with quick delivery to anywhere in Australia. There are lots of Secret Santa and novelty gifts here for all ages and tastes.
Christmas Games & More…
Games are a great Christmas tradition. They keep people amused and busy, provide ways of mixing and meeting new people.
- See the BCL pages for more Chess, Mahjong, Backgammon, Strategy & Board Games for Adults
- 0to5.com.au has templates with a Christmas theme for the kids (and big kids) to colour in
- ChristmasCountdown.com.au has more Christmas ideas, Secret Santas, gifts, etc