Why not gather your family and some friends around the fire (or heater) and share a traditional Christmas dinner this month? Christmas in July has become very popular downunder in the last few years.
Traditional Christmas dinners in the northern hemisphere were originally winter meals of roast beef or goose. Later roast turkey arrived on the menu. Plum pudding and mulled wine were added during Victorian times. Mince pies were a part of the traditional fare from early times.
Dig out and dust off your Christmas decorations and tree for a few days. The Christmas lights will sparkle a little earlier on a winterís night. Bad weather will just add to the atmosphere, although I doubt it will be a white Christmas unless you time it with a snowfall in the Blue Mountains.
Send your friends an e-card like this one or create one of your own. Why not make the night even more exciting by giving it a historical theme? You donít need to go back 2000 years or even Victorian times (although both could be rather entertaining). More recent eras like 1950s and the 1960s as fashion ideas for themed parties are all the rage at the moment.
Donít want to do Christmas carols so soon after the true Christmas? Borrow a karaoke machine (someone you know is sure to have one) and have fun with your favorite songs. Some other games to play could include charades - an oldie but goodie. With a little more planning or imagination, you could even turn it into a murder mystery night such as Who Killed Santa?