When I was a kid, we celebrated Christmas in July at Smalltownville’s summer recreation program. At that time, I thought it was a novel idea the director of the program thought of just to make the summer heat a bit more tolerable. I had no idea that anyone else in the world was doing the same thing.
As it turns out . . . the World Santa Congress 2012, which has been going on each July since 1957, began today in Denmark. The Congress is free to attend, but travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendees. For a Gram who loves Christmas, I think that’s a place I would like to go! Click the link to head to the congress website. On the gallery page, there is a video that made me smile. It looks like fun. There was even a woman dressed in red, sitting in a rocking chair and knitting.
I cannot attend, of course. I have to work. I gave it some thought though. I do have a very large collection of Christmas movies and would happily travel to Denmark and offer to host a Christmas Film Fest in conjunction with the World Santa Congress. I think the sticking point would be asking for more time off work. My dean believed me sincerely when I said I was going to the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl, but I’m not confident I could even find the courage or the words to ask for this. Maybe when I retire . . .
What I can do, however, is carry on the tradition and declare Christmas in July this week at my house.
Ho! Ho! Ho!