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->''But I'll take the sun and I'll take my kite,\\
Christmas on the beach, Christmas in July.''
-->-- '''Music/SufjanStevens''', "Christmas in July"

We all know when Christmas is, right? Late in December, just after the beginning of winter, when it's always [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas covered in snow]], right? Wrong! Christmas happens in the summer, too. It's true, some people just can't wait to get into the [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas Christmas Spirit]]. [[ChristmasCreep So they decide to celebrate Christmas right there in the middle of July.]] Great concept, no?

This will often serve as the premise for {{Christmas Episode}}s in which the show takes place primarily in the summer. All the same plots, motifs, and messages of all other Christmas Episodes will still be present. In fact, expect all the characters to completely forget that it isn't actually Christmas at all.

There is some TruthInTelevision, as mentioned by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_July That Other Wiki]]. Most holiday TV specials and movies are filmed during the summer season (so you're sweating like a pig...), and some stores do offer Christmas In July sales to get rid of all their old Christmas stock. The crafting community especially embraces Christmas in July, making all their wreaths, decorations and other Christmas crafts in July to either keep for themselves or sell at craft sales in November.

Of course, in July, less time remains before the next Christmas than how much has passed since the last one.

Of course, in the southern hemisphere, Christmas really ''does'' fall in midsummer, so UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAustralia is closely related. Some parts of the world, such as Australia but also places such as New Zealand, South Africa, the Falklands and parts of America really do hold Christmass in July celebrations; The first four do so because the weather around July is in midwinter, around the time when the weather is more fitting to the ideas of what a traditional Christmas is in the Northern Hemisphere.

Not to be confused with GreenChristmas. Or with the Creator/PrestonSturges film ''Christmas in July''.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* The second ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' movie, ''Daughter of Darkness'', has the crew celebrating Mayuka's first Christmas in the summer at they very end of the movie. This was mostly because the Juraian equivalent, Starica, happened at that time. [[spoiler: It was also because Mayuka had been reborn after her death at the end.]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The British comic ''{{Strangehaven}}'' is about a QuirkyTown with weird characters and traditions, such as celebrating Christmas in August. The legend is that the dying wish of a little child was to live to see Christmas, so they moved it up to August.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Variant: in ''Film/AlmostFamous'', one of the complaints William's sister raises before leaving home is that their mother celebrates Christmas in September to avoid consumerism.
* The story "Christmas in July" from the horror anthology ''[=NightThirst=]'' has [[BadSanta a homicidal Santa]] who is inexplicably going about his business in the middle of summer.
* The 1990's ''Series/SesameStreet'' ChristmasSpecial ''Film/ElmoSavesChristmas'' had Elmo wish it was Christmas every day. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor When he gets his wish]], this trope occurs.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* In a later episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'' (with Tara King), John Steed walks into a hostage situation because he is celebrating Christmas in the summer. It turns out he and his friend (whose house the killers have taken over) were in a POW camp in Asia and lost track of the date. Only later did they find out they had celebrated Christmas in summer and decided to make it an annual thing.
* An episode of ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow'' has Basil make everyone throw a Christmas party for Molly to cheer her up even though it is the middle of summer. As luck would have it, Santa Claus is staying in the same apartment block Basil lives in.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], a resident of the planet Trenzalore tells the Doctor it's Christmas. The Doctor tells him "it's July", but both were correct. The town was named Christmas, and it was also July. While visiting, Clara was also in the middle of Christmas celebrations at home. She was literally celebrating Christmas ''in'' July.
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'': Aaron Carter makes an appearance to shoot a Christmas themed music video in Lizzie's hometown. The Christmas theme is everywhere, even though it is nowhere near Christmas.
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''
** In the episode "A Dry Scalp is Better Than None", Mrs. Davis' hypochondriac sister Angela pretends to be dying. Miss Brooks, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton throw her an early Christmas, Angela's favorite holiday.
** In the radio episode "The Telegram", Mrs. Davis' Uncle Corky sends a telegram giving notice that he'll be visiting for a week. A series of missteps leads to the telegram being partially burned, and interpreted as Uncle Corky saying he has a week to live. Miss Brooks, Mrs. Davis, the Conklins and Walter Denton throw Uncle Corky a Christmas party in July.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ThePacific'', when Leckie returns from the hospital with presents for his friends.
-->'''Leckie:''' Tell Santa whether you've been naughty or nice.
-->'''Runner:''' The ''naughtiest.''
* An episode of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' has Harold trying to set one up in Possum Lake. Red objects at first, but gets into the act by dressing as Santa and threatening to put Harold on the "naughty" list.
* In ''Series/TheStoryOfTracyBeaker'', the kids throw a Christmas party for Lol and Bouncer, believing that they are leaving the Dumping Ground, even though it's still summer.
* A literal case happened with ''Series/TheTwoRonnies Christmas Sketchbook''. The special was taped in July 2005 because of Ronnie Barker's declining health (he would pass away in October, two months before the special aired).
* On ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' the guys celebrate Half Christmas in June, which upsets and annoys everybody around them.
* There is no shortage of instances in any ''Series/MockTheWeek'' ChristmasEpisode where the panelists will [[LampshadeHanging riff off the fact]] that they are filming it way earlier than seasonally-appropriate (most of the taping for the show happens in the middle of the year, while the Christmas episode being primarily a bunch of HilariousOuttakes, cut content and tacked-on Christmas-themed games).

[[folder: Music ]]
* The majority of Christmas albums are released in the fall, which often means they're being recorded in the spring or summer. This can sometimes make it tricky for the recording artist to get into the "holiday spirit".
** When Music/ElvisPresley recorded ''Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas'' in May 1971, they decorated the recording studio with trees, ornaments and wrapped boxes.
* "Christmas in July" by Music/SufjanStevens.
* "The Christmas Song" (often mistakenly called "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") got its start on a blisteringly hot day in Los Angeles as an exercise in beating the heat. Lyricist Bob Wells wrote down a list of images associated with Christmas in an effort to imagine it was cold outside for a change, which ultimately became the first verse of the song.

[[folder: Radio ]]
* Creator/DrDemento has a regular "Christmas in July" episode, where he plays novelty [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Christmas songs in July]].
* In Maryland in the summer 2012, radio station 102.7 Jack FM played Christmas music for a week straight.
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "The Telegram", Mrs. Davis' Uncle Corky sends a telegram giving notice that he'll be visiting for a week. A series of missteps leads to the telegram being partially burned, and interpreted as Uncle Corky saying he has a week to live. Miss Brooks, Mrs. Davis, the Conklins and Walter Denton throw Uncle Corky a Christmas party in July.

[[folder: Standup Comedy ]]
* Creator/DaneCook once did a sketch about being late for work, which included not having enough time to shower, so it became necessary to wear "that fat sweater that holds your stink in," with the excuse, "Hey! This is my [[HomemadeSweaterFromHell Christmas sweater]] in July!"

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has [[Recap/HomestarRunnerDecemberweenInJuly Decemberween in July]], a series of holiday shorts released in July of 2004. These include a ChristmasEpisode of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', Strong Bad defacing a cheesy children's book about [[YouMeanXmas Decemberween]], and Marzipan singing a song about "Seasonal Sweaters".

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* You will be forgiven for thinking ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' is a Christmas movie until you do research and find out the story takes place in the middle of July and that the snow is all because of Elsa's powers. The 2017 featurette ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' is a proper ChristmasSpecial that does take place during the holidays, however.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture TheAnimatedSeries'', the Brown family and Marty decided to visit late 1800's London during Christmas to beat the heat of the present time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "Money" has a scene where the boys are spending their concert take at Coney Island, and Ringo mistakes a mechanical funhouse clown as Santa.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' had a Christmas episode ''in the middle of summer vacation''. It involves the family discovering a portal to some Christmas world and the elves wanting Grandpa Max to be their new Santa.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': No, not "[[ChristmasSpecial Jingle Jingle Jangle]]", but "Fa La La La Ed", in which Ed gets it in his mind that it's Christmas, although it's July. Of course, the idea spreads to the rest of the kids.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} pretends it's Christmas at the height of summer to take his mind off the sweltering heat. Jon and Odie join the spirit and decorate the house, confusing the neighbors, who then take it on. This snowballs until almost the entire city falls under the impression that it really is Christmas before City Hall makes an official declaration to the contrary.
* The second ChristmasSpecial of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has the boys [[LetsPutOnAShow decide to put on a traditional Family Christmas Special]] in the middle of summer.
* The animated ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' series had an episode called "Christmas In July". Glomer, claiming to know Santa personally, takes Punky and her pals to the North Pole workshop in July only to find Santa's on vacation. The kids manage to flummox Santa's toy-making assembly line, prompting him to return early to set things right.
* ''WesternAnimation/RudolphAndFrostysChristmasInJuly'' featured Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer teaming up with Frosty the Snowman to save a struggling circus, and getting tangled up in an evil wizard's scheme to take over the North Pole.
* In one episode of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' cartoon, Mario and Luigi introduce Christmas to the cave people to stop them from quarreling, despite it being the middle of August. Mario justifies it by saying the cave people don't know any better. Within hours, everyone's adopted 'Cave Christmas', even Bowser and his kids, who attempt a HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas on the heroes, forcing Mario and Yoshi to retake the gifts from the Disco Palace.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "Happy King Julien Day!", Julien proclaims that the zoo will celebrate the biggest holiday of the year. Marlene assumes for a moment that it's Christmas in July, only to remember that it's neither Christmas nor July.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* RealLife: in the southern hemisphere, the actual Christmas is in the summer.
** Australian ex-pats living in the Northern Hemisphere will do this. One newspaper report had one of them commenting that "December doesn't feel like Christmas at all. It's too cold and snowy."
** Likewise, in the commonwealth countries of the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas in July has been adopted as a way to craft a Christmas celebration in weather conditions similar to those of the Northern Hemisphere's winter.
** Countries such as Brazil at times emphasize how Santa impersonators struggle to wear the hot costume (it's something to use while venturing in the snow, after all) - even a MallSanta, who is frequently under air conditioning.
** Even warm climates that happen to be in the Northern Hemisphere will do this; even though it's technically winter, it might feel like summer or at least not be all that cold.
* It's been noticed ([[http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/10/consumers-fight-early-christmas-decorations/ and criticized]]) that retailers have been placing their Christmas merchandise (decorations, etc.) out on display [[ChristmasCreep earlier and earlier]]. Christmas merchandise being put out before Thanksgiving without a large amount of fanfare (since Thanksgiving isn't a major merchandising holiday anyway,) but people really started crying foul when Christmas merch and ads for Christmas movies was put out before ''Halloween,'' leaving people wondering how many holidays will get swallowed up and whether or not "Christmas in July" sales and ''actual'' sales will eventually collide.
** This tends to happen year-round with seasonal merchandise in retail stores like UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}, Family Dollar, Dollar General et al., with Valentine's Day merchandise in January, St. Patrick's Day decorations in February, Easter decorations in March or late February, Fourth of July merch in June, back-to-school sales in July, Halloween decorations in September, Thanksgiving stuff in October, and Christmas decorations in November.
* Electronics chain Crazy Eddie used to regularly have a Christmas In August sale.
* There are several cases of TV networks running marathons of Christmas specials in July (which is one of the four UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} months and thus makes for better ratings). It isn't uncommon for viewers in [[ChristmasInAmerica the USA]] and [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas the UK]] to find Christmas specials and Christmas movies dominating certain TV Channels for part of the week in the height of midsummer:
** Creator/CartoonNetwork did Christmas in July marathons back in the 90's where they'd air a bunch of animated Christmas specials in July. They started doing so again starting in TheNewTens.
** Creator/ToonDisney did it as well (before Jetix came and [[NetworkDecay ruined everything]]).
** Canadian channel YTV had a Christmas in July event around 2010.
** [=TV1=] at one point did a marathon of Christmas episodes from ''Series/{{Amen}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''Series/TheJeffersons'', ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', and ''Series/LivingSingle''.
** Creator/{{Lifetime}} used to commemorate the 4th of July with a marathon of Christmas movies, eventually expanding it to the entire first week of July.
*** This was then taken up by The Hallmark Channel which has paired it with ChristmasCreep by expanding to the entire month of July. Additionally, for 2017, they are not just re-airing movies from previous Christmases, they have included some that were clearly filmed to be shown in time for this special, as indicated by their 2017 release date, and they are ''already'' playing promos for their actual Christmastime movie marathon.
** All of the "Shop at Home" channels in the US (QVC, Home Shopping Network) air Christmas in July specials each year. It used to serve a more pragmatic and strategic purpose though. Many companies had long processing and delivery times ("Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery" was their mantra.) Usually when something was ordered in July, it would arrive in September or October, right about the time that Christmas shopping would start to trickle into people's minds.
** British TV tends not to take note of when the Christmas episodes fall in imported American series. So you end up with little inconsistencies like the Christmas episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' airing in April, or the Barone family in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' celebrating their Christmas in July. This is so that the networks always have plenty of under-watched episodes to put on re-runs, so that the series remains "fresh".