Northern hemisphere expats arriving in Australia quickly discover many unique traditions. But surely one of the most confounding is the fact that Christmas is celebrated in the middle of summer.
Faced with the choice of cooking a hot lunch in sweltering December heat, or embracing a more casual surf-and-seafood affair, they swiftly created a third option: celebrating Christmas in July, when there’s rain falling, wind howling and temperatures cold enough to warrant a full roast dinner with all the trimmings.
But surely a mid-year celebration is desirable no matter your season or place in the world. Call it Christmas in July or simply an excuse to gather with friends and family, this is an annual tradition that’s worth embracing.
As with any celebration, the right scent helps to set the scene for your guests and, if you’re lucky enough to be invited, it makes a thoughtful gift for your hosts.
All the trimmings
A traditional Christmas in July lunch calls for a luxuriously cosy atmosphere. A crackling log fire isn’t always an option, so light clusters of candles instead. We love the deep and sophisticated scent of Arabian Oud Candles: its opulence creates a sense of occasion and is nuanced enough to transition from day to night, which is ideal for those guests who inevitably linger well into the evening.
Create a continuous scent experience throughout the home by placing Arabian Oud Room Spray in bedrooms or powder rooms.
Perhaps you prefer to celebrate Christmas in July with cocktails and canapés instead of a sit-down lunch. Channel the decadence of a traditional South American tabaquerías with Cuban Tobacco Candles – the namesake tobacco swirls with polished mahogany, patchouli and spicy cardamom and cloves to impart warmth and grace.
Turn up the heat
AT LUMIRA, we’re no strangers to a warm-weather Christmas celebration. For such an occasion, we’re partial to Paradiso del Sole Candle, the ultimate summer scent. Its hedonic combination of bracing aromatic notes and zesty citrus amplifies the languid and carefree nature of a memorable summertime affair.
Gifting made easy
To take the guesswork out of gifting, our range now includes mini candle sets in a trio of bestselling scents. The La Dolce Vita Discovery Collection contains La Primavera Candle, Tuscan Fig Candle and Paradiso del Sole Candle, while the Tall, Dark & Handsome Discovery Collection contains Arabian Oud Candle, Cuban Tobacco Candle and Terra Australis Candle.
Written by Michelle Bateman