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Sabina Victorian Ensemble
Noelle Victorian Ball Gown
Victorian Corduroy Riding Suit
Adella Victorian Dress
Victorian Bustle Taffeta Set
Persephone Civil War Gown
Edwardian Velvet Cape
Victorian Lace Ball Gown
Prudence Civil War Styled Dress
Victorian Edwardian Apron
Jessamine Victorian Dress
White Batiste Blouse Lace Trim
Priscilla Victorian Gown
Perla Victorian Polonaise Bustle Dress
Iris Victorian Velvet Suit
Victorian Style Velvet Suit
Julietta Victorian Polonaise Set
19th Century Pinner Apron
Althea Victorian Dress
Victorian Civil War Taffeta Gown
Christmas Cape
Corduroy Cape Jacket and Skirt
Christmas Vest
Christmas Apron
Welcome to our annual Christmas in July Sale. We are traveling through summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The days are long and hot. What is one to do to cool down? We are taking a cue from Mel Torme and Bob Wells. They wrote The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) to cool down during summer heatwave in 1945. We are also thinking of cooler weather. What better way to do that than to celebrate summer with Christmas in July?

Until July 31 we will feature current and new items with that Chestnuts Roasting holiday attitude. Expect items to be added as the sale progresses so check back often to see if your favorite is on sale. Think of it as The Twelve Days of Christmas Plus! Fancy fabrics like corduroy, taffeta, and dupioni, velvet, twill and more are featured.

The origin of Christmas in July might surprise you. While it is a way for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere to celebrate the holiday with the cool crispness of winter in the air, its origins lie in Vaudeville. Theaters were not air-conditioned during the first quarter of the 20th century. This meant that theaters were often dark during the dog days of summer.

Performers would gather in summer colonies. Freeport, Long Island, was a popular location. The group that stayed out there formed the Long Island Good Hearted Thespians Society (LIGHTS). The main function of the group was to celebrate Christmas on July 4th. Their reasoning was there was no time to celebrate in December as most performers were on the road during that time of year. This meant they were away from their family and friends, often spending the day on a train, in a theater, or in a hotel. Waiting until summer when everyone could be together made a lot of sense! (Senelick)
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