Monday, August 1, 2011

Christmas in July


 Recently, Tim and I celebrated Christmas in July at The Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Bourke Street, Melbourne.  So what is Christmas in July?  Australians celebrate a mock Christmas in the month of July so that we can indulge in all of the heavy, hot traditional Christmas fare that many of us avoid in the soaring heat of December.

The Elephant and Wheelbarrow feast did not disappoint - after receiving our choice of a glass of beer or red or white wine, we were served with a Christmas dinner replete with ham, turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, baked potato, asparagus, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, topped with a generous splosh of gravy.



Dessert was a mini Christmas pudding with custard and cream - delish!





To ensure that everyone knew what we were there for, the table was topped with Christmas decorations, including a Christmas cracker that contained a stunning green paper hat.

It was definitely a fun evening, and I can highly recommend it.  At $30 a head, it was also a bargain.

13 comments:

Gloria said...

Nice!! I love Christmas every time and think is fun make somethings tha always we make for Christmas!! Lovely idea Cake law! xgloria

Heavenly Housewife said...

That sounds like so much fun, and why not? Why not have Christmas twice (including presents).
*kisses* HH

Three-Cookies said...

I only recently heard about Xmas in July. Perhaps those in the Northern Hemisphere should also celebrate Xmas in July, with a BBQ etc like your normal Xmas! Have a great week ahead and merry Xmas:)

yummychunklet said...

What a fun holiday! Looks like the entire meal was delicious.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I adore Christmas in July! I know it mustn't really make sense to Northern Hemisphere people but it makes total sense here! :P

The Caked Crusader said...

Christmas in July - what a great idea! I can never resist a cracker...

The Blonde Duck said...

How fun!

Laural @ Being Healthier said...

my goodness what a fantastic idea- christmas in july!! it is now august otherwise I would attempt my own! haha. love your blog- just found it!

Cindy said...

It is hot, hot in Utah but the thought of stuffing and cranberries made my mouth water! Sounds yummy as my air conditioner is running full blast! Have a great week.

Lauren Hairston said...

Looks lovely! I can't wait for all that stodge. :-)

jillbert said...

Fun! It's so hot and humid here, I can't imagine celebrating Christmas in July, but it makes sense for you to do it!

TeaLady said...

What a fun thing to do in July. 2 Christmases works for me!! ANd presents??

Johanna GGG said...

merry christmas - nothing like a large indulgent meal in the middle of winter!