The specific beginnings of the “Christmas in July” tradition are not very clear, but it is believed to have started in Europe, as a way to celebrate Christmas in the summer. It has been said that a group of Irish tourists who went on vacation to Sydney’s Blue Mountains in the summer months of July in 1980. This may have been the original start of this unofficial holiday. Away from the summer temperatures in their country, they were overjoyed at the sight of snow in the mountains. It is believed that these travelers convinced the owner of a local hotel in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales to hold a party called, “Yulefest.” The idea was an instant hit and now each year in July they hold a Christmas Party. Hence forth “Christmas in July,” became a tradition and continues to this day with a festival and many celebrations.
Christmas in July” sales that started around 1950. Restaurants offer special discounts and even television stations show re-runs of Christmas specials. This is mainly because most retailers tend to sell overstock of their Christmas items to make room for next year’s inventory, and before the “Back to School” shopping period begins in August.
Some families love this concept of “Christmas in July,” especially if their family members are scattered across the states, because it is easier for them to travel in July when the weather is more favorable for a vacation, rather than in the freezing winter months when long distance travels are really hard due to snow storms, etc. Celebrating “Christmas in July” can take place at any time during the month of July. At the Bakken amusement park in Denmark, Christmas is celebrated in July for three days, as well as the annual World Santa Claus Congress, attended by Santa Clauses from all over the world, accompanied by their wives and elves. Then, there are those individuals that choose to celebrate “Christmas in July” just because it is a clear excuse to have a party.
****My readers know that I love anything Christmas! This holiday is my favorite! This concept is a wonderful way to spread cheer and have fun in the summer no matter what way you celebrate, “Christmas in July.” Also want to give you a heads up to “save the date,” December 6th starts my traditional “12 Days Of Christmas.” This year my theme is “12 Days Of Christmas Cookies” Which means that everyday from December 6th through December 17, I will be posting a sweet, yummy, and an easy cookie recipe. This year I am starting sooner so you will have time to make these delicious cookies for your Christmas celebration. Any questions or requests, just email me or leave a message below.
Christmas in July” together. It is called a “Crown Roast of Pork with Stuffing ” A Crown Roast has always seemed Dickensian to me. A warm and cozy aroma coming from the oven.. Every Christmas my mom would prepare a Crown Pork Roast or Prime Ribs of Beef. My job was to make the little tops to put on the ribs. This succulent dish is adapted from “Taste of Home” magazine. Each forkful is a bit of “Christmas” as you can taste the delicious pork and freshly seasoned stuffing. Try to stay cool and remember Christmas is 5 months away! (I know that is it so hot now no one can think of this dish at this time. But now you have a Christmas Dinner planned. One less thing to think of)
"Crown Roast of Pork with Stuffing”
Bake: 2-3/4 hours Yield: 12-16 servings
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pork crown roast (16 ribs and about 8 pounds)
|Crown Roast of Pork with Stuffing|
1-1/4 pounds bulk Italian sausage (with or without the fennel)
3 cups finely chopped onions
2 cups finely chopped carrots
2 cups finely chopped celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped apple (any kind will do)
4 cups diced cooked peeled red/yellow potatoes
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Decorative foil or paper frills, for tops of the ribs (optional)
Rub: 1 tablespoon oil over entire roast; place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Cover rib ends with aluminum foil. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-3/4 hours.
For stuffing, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, sauté the onions, carrots, celery, apple and garlic in remaining oil until tender. Stir in the potatoes, parsley, salt, pepper and reserved sausage. Carefully spoon into center or roast. Bake 1 hour longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and meat juices run clear. Replace foil with decorative frills if desired. Remove stuffing to a serving bowl; slice roast between ribs.
*****To pair wine with your dinner, you can try all of these which would have a lovely bouquet and very tasty as well. Chardonnay, Red Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio or a Sagiovesse…
I have a “Christmas in July” gift for you…A special cocktail to keep you cool and in the spirit of Christmas….Similar to a Spritzer or a wine cooler, this cocktail is very refreshing. Easy and perfect for the summer and “Christmas in July” You can use Sprite or 7UP.
“Tinto de Verano”
2 ounces dry red wine
2 ounces lemon-lime soda
Lemon slice, for garnish
Combine the wine and soda in a tall glass or cocktail shaker. Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy!
“Please Drink Responsibly”
Wait, Don’t Go Yet…..there is more “Christmas in July” fun…..
Ciao a tutti, I know that my readers and followers have heard of my personal friend Micheal Castaldo. I have written about Micheal before on my blog posts. He is an Award-winning song writer/producer, recording artist, composer, Italian Cultural Ambassador, and entrepreneur. He was born in Calabria, Italy, and has fans all over the world, including many from the tri-state area. For more information, click on this link.....Micheal Castaldo. So save the dates.... Micheal is very proud and excited to announce two fabulous Christmas Concerts:
Michéal Castaldo “Home for Christmas” Concert to Benefit St. Brigid’s Parish, Westbury, NY, “Home for Christmas,” a traditional Italian Advent and Christmas concert that will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Brigid’s/Our Lady of Hope Chapel, 101 Maple Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590 (doors open at 4:00 p.m.).
Castaldo will perform classic Advent and Christmas carols from his chart-topping best-selling album, "Extravergine: Christmas in the Mediterranean," accompanied by a string quartet. A few songs will include, "Oh Santa Notte" (Oh Holy Night), "E Nato Il Bambino Gesu" (What Child Is This?), "Batte Nel Cuore, Suona Natale" (Little Drummer Boy), "Gioia Nel Mondo" (Joy To The World), "Puoi Sentire Quel' Che Sent Io?" (Do You Hear What I Hear?), and "Astro Del Ciel" (Silent Night). Castaldo translated the well-known Polish carol, "Jezus Malusuenki" now entitled, "Piccolo Jesu," which will also be featured along with "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," "Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle," "Va Pensiero," and "Adeste Fideles." You can get the CD of Extravergine from Amazon
Michéal Castaldo has entertained more than 500,000 people across the USA, Canada, and Europe with creative and rousing renditions of classic Italian songs. Castaldo’s performances are enchanting, heartfelt, and authentic. He treats the audience to stories, spoken in English and Italian, in between songs that share moments from his Italian upbringing, tidbits about his musical journey, and insight that went into his song choices. All songs are sung in Italian with a few sung in English as well.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the concert, with a meet and greet with the artist, courtesy of the Comitato Italiano of St. Brigid.
So come and join Micheal and my family…Tickets are available for $45/premium and $35/regular seating at 1-800-838-3006 (mention event # 2563580), online at Brown Paper Tickets St. Brigid Parish Center at 516-334-0021, or the Comitato Italiano of St. Bridgid at 516-578-8753.
The second concert:
Michéal Castaldo to Perform “Songs of Angels – Italian Christmas Hymns and Carols” is at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, (704 Jefferson St., Hoboken, NJ 07030) On December 10, 2016 - at 7:30 pm. He will be accompanied by the Castaldo String Quartet. This concert is another fundraiser to help the church meet its restoration fundraising goals for 2016.
Fr. Michael Gori, OFM Cap., the first Capuchin Franciscan pastor of Saint Ann Catholic Church, oversaw the laying of the cornerstone of the church on All Saints Day in 1925. The magnificence of this House of Prayer, remarkable for its pure Romanesque architecture, the monumental marble alter towering in the sanctuary, the elegance of the stained-glass windows, and the flood of light effused throughout the interior of the church coupled with the majestic harmony of the organ music and the rhythmic concert of the bells ringing in the steeple, dazzled the senses and inspired one and all to praise and glorify God. For more information, you can visit here- Saint Ann Catholic Church.
Micheal will be singing from his chart-topping best-selling CD album, "Extravergine" Immediately following the concert, refreshments and an Olive Oil tasting will be served at St. Ann’s Hall, with a meet and greet with the artist.
The production value of this concert is in excess of $75 per ticket. But due to the generous support of its sponsors underwriting the production costs, the tickets will be available for only $25 at 1-800-838-3006 (mention event # 2563594) or online click here... Brown Paper Tickets or they can be purchased directly through the church rectory at (201) 659-1114.
Both of these awesome concerts will sell out fast so please, get your tickets today! Thank you
Till Next Time………
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