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Christmas in July: Time to start crafting

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Most of us are familiar with the expression “Christmas in July,” referring to Christmas-themed events that occur in July. But where did the phrase originate? Here are some of its earliest known uses:

  • In the 1892 French opera Werther, a widowed Bailiff teaches his young children a Christmas carol in July. One of the characters comments: “When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season.”
  • The Keystone Camp for Girls, near Brevard, NC, began celebrating Christmas in July in the 1930s. The girls placed laundry bags outside their cabins to be filled with candy. The celebrations included Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Christmas tree, carolers and fake snow.
  • The phrase gained prominence in 1940 when Christmas in July, a Preston Sturges comedy film starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew, debuted.

Retailers use Christmas in July promotions as a marketing tool to fill the void between Independence Day and Labor Day when sales often slow.

For crafters, Christmas in July is a reminder to start work on homemade gifts to give during the holidays.  Try your hand at book page ornaments and other holiday crafts at the next DIY program at the Warrenton central library – Christmas in July Crafts Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. – noon.  Supplies will be provided.  The program is free; no registration required.

If you are looking for hand-made gift ideas here are a few books – all available at your local Fauquier County Public Library – to inspire you:

Better Homes and Gardens Jams & Jellies: Our Very Best Sweet & Savory Recipes

The Creative Kitchen: Over 100 Food Gifts to Make and Give

Delicious Gifts: Edible Creations to Make and Give by Jess McCloskey

Great Beaded Gifts by Linda Gettings

Half Yard Gifts: East Sewing Projects Using Left-Over Pieces of Fabric by Debbie Shore

Handmade Soap Book: Easy Soapmaking with Natural Ingredients by Melinda Coss

Holiday Knits: 25 Great Gifts from Stockings to Sweaters by Sara Lucas and Allison Isaacs

Homemade Christmas: Create Your Own Gifts, Cards, Decorations, and Recipes

Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books by Cindy Wang

The Perfect Mix: Bread, Soup, Dessert, and Other Homemade Mixes from Your Kitchen by Diane Phillip

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