How many SoCalers have broken out the DVD of the toasty fireplace log in recent days? How about the ol' vinyl LPs, the ones full of chestnuts like "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells"?
Has somebody actually started their holiday shopping, in a timely, non-tooth-gnashing manner?
A large contingent of people are sweet on the yuletide-iest time of year, and whether it happens to be summer or the first week of winter matters not. People want to get their Christmas on, big time, year-round, maybe even more so when temperatures start to peak and hot times mean fewer hot toddies.
It's a good thing, then, that Santa-suited merrymakers are looking out for lovers of carols and ornaments come the year's most roasty period. Both Old Town Music Hall and Eat|See|Hear are hanging the proverbial holly with two special Christmas in July events.
As always, El Segundo's vintage-loving cinema house'll venture into the wayback machine for its feature. "Christmas in July" is the flick, Preston Sturges is the director, and Dick Powell and Ellen Drew star. Will you wear something that's both retro and in-theme? Say, a tie covered in snowmen? Celebrating Christmas in summer is already pretty whimsical, so go the distance, sartorially, if you choose.
Dates are July 11 through 13.
And over at Eat|See|Hear, the summertime cinema celebration that visits a host of venues? It's "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" on Saturday, July 12. The location is Santa Monica High School, there will be "REAL Bearded Santas" around in addition to other festive decorations, and the whole Christmassy caboodle will stir up dogly donations for Best Friends Animal Society -- Los Angeles.
Meaning if you blankets and collars and leashes to give, bring 'em along. Nice, right? And isn't the season about giving?
We mean the Christmas season, natch. But it is always nice to see that generosity extend into another season, on the opposite side of the year, when we're wishing for chiller temps and scarves and cocoa.
At least for a night, before we all return to the pool and to the park and to sweating it out, summer-style.