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Hope 103.2’s Christmas in July

To bring some merriness back into what has been a very chaotic year, your Hope 103.2 has decided to turn the 2020 craziness into Christmas in July cheer!

By Hope 103.2Monday 6 Jul 2020ChristmasReading Time: 5 minutes

Saturday 25 July We Encourage You To Celebrate Christmas in July

Gather some family and friends and have a Christmas in July lunch or dinner…or breakfast, if that’s the meal you love the most! Whatever you choose, keep it low-key as that’s our Christmas in July way of doing things – minimal effort, maximum cheer with loved ones.

Tune into Hope 103.2 where host Georgia of the Weekends show will be taking Christmas song requests throughout the day.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas on Saturday 25 of July!

From the start of our Christmas in July celebrations…

To bring some merriness back into what has been a very chaotic and uncertain year, your Hope 103.2 has decided — that from right now — we’re going to give it our best this month to turn the 2020 craziness into cheer throughout Sydney homes and workplaces, and beyond!

For some, your home and workplace may still be the same location but try to play along with the different zones as we need everyone to join in on the fun and festivities for the Christmas in July cheer to reach as far as possible. Here’s the plan:

Hope’s Christmas in July

Tuesday 7 July
Hope’s Christmas in July begins! ? Because starting Christmas on a random day in the middle of the year makes complete sense ? Which means…ChristmasHope is live and ready to be listened to 24/7 until the end of July!
Wednesday 8 July
Reflect on the story of Jesus with our Christmas Hope 5-day Bible plan and what it means to always have a place to call home^
Thursday 9 July
Our 12 (Business) Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is available on hope1032.com.au*
Friday 10 July
Competition opens to win a Hope 103.2 watch party pass for Jungle Beats: The Movie*
Monday 13 July
Join the Hope 103.2 team in decorating your offices, cars, Zoom backgrounds — anything work-related — in whatever way you would like your Christmas in July to look and feel for 2020!^
Friday 17 July
Join the Hope 103.2 team at 1pm on Facebook Live for ‘Hope’s Ultimate Christmas (in July) Quiz Game 1’
Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 July
Anyone for a Christmas movie marathon weekend? Sure, we’ve spent the year binge-watching EVERYTHING already…but have you re-watched every Christmas movies, yet? Hopeland has provided some inspiration for young and old.
Monday 20 July
Join the Hope 103.2 families in decorating your homes, front and back yards, sheds, driveways (another great chalk-and-driveway activity for the kids)^
5pm, Monday 20 July
Competition closes to win a Hope 103.2 watch party pass for Jungle Beats: The Movie*
Thursday 23 July
Voting all day on-air and on our Facebook as to whether or not we play 100% Christmas hits on Hope 103.2 on Saturday 25 July
Friday 24 July
Join the Hope 103.2 team at 1pm on Facebook Live for ‘Hope’s Ultimate Christmas (in July) Quiz Game 1’, and winners will receive their Christmas in July prizes by the end of the day
Saturday 25 July
It’s Hope’s Christmas in July Christmas Day! Plan a Christmas lunch or dinner with family or friends — remembering to observe the COVID-19 guest numbers and social distancing measures. There will also be online activities with the Hope 103.2 team with more information coming VERY soon!*^

* We will provide links to Hope 103.2’s Christmas in July advent calendar, competition, and content on this page as soon as it’s available
^ We would love you to share your decorations, celebrations, reflections and DIYs with us on socials using #HopeChristmasInJuly

The Christmas Vote

The result of whether or not to play 100% Christmas hits on Hope 103.2 on Saturday 25 July was a 60/40 split across online and Facebook. So, without an overwhelming majority, the music director has tried to give both sides of Christmas coin a present – we won’t be playing 100% Christmas but Georgia from Weekends will be taking your Christmas song requests so call or SMS the studio when she gives you the go-ahead.

(Points for spotting the typo in the above poll. We can’t edit them once they’re published…but we’re so casual with our Christmas in July celebrations we wouldn’t anyway. The gifs are what matter, friends!)

Where in ‘Christmas in July’ Are We?

It’s time to pretend that Saturday 25 July is like Christmas! Without the gift-giving, the huge exceptions, that it’s summer…OK, so only in the sense that it’s also dated the 25th. That’s enough reason for us!

The point is to share a meal together, have a stress-free day in the midst of this crazy year, and read ‘the birth of Jesus’ story – you don’t have to wait for December to read about an incredible hope we all have in God sending His son to earth for us.

Watch Game 1 and 2 of the Ultimate Christmas (in July) Quiz

Over the past two Fridays, we have been hosting ‘Hope’s Ultimate Christmas (in July) Quiz’ on Facebook Live.

Maybe you can score better than our announcers did?

ChristmasHope is live for another week, and the best way to hear it is below…or, check out gift #8 in the below 12 (Business) Days of Christmas Advent Calendar’s as we have a new and cool present for all of Hopeland!

? Listen Now to ChristmasHope

12 (Business) Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas in July is so relaxed it takes the weekends off. It’s also so fickle that the whole jolly mid-year season will be wrapping up on a Saturday, when we’re encouraging you to plan a Christmas lunch or dinner with family and friends (see the calendar of events above). Basically, feel free to open your online gifts whenever you like, all you need to know is it’s starting on Thursday 9 July.

The Hope of Christmas

Let’s be honest, it’s been a rough year the world-over, and maybe you’ve noticed there are a lot of people around you who are feeling weary, frustrated or a little grumpy. Maybe that’s how you’re feeling? While we may not want to feel this way, it’s not hard to see how we got here. So, while we don’t know what the rest of the year holds for us, here at Hope 103.2, we do believe in a solid hope that holds true no matter what is happening around us. While Christmas in July is a time to bring some fun back into the year, it’s also a time we can refocus and remember the hope of Christmas — Jesus.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10

Join us in reading our Christmas Hope 5-day Bible plan before Saturday 25 July!

Christmas Hope Bible plan

For the Kids (and the Young At Heart)

This is What You Voted On Last Christmas

The Hopeland Christmas Movie List 2019

DIY Christmas in July Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Christmas in July wouldn’t be complete without some special Christmassy attire for our big Saturday 25 July celebrations, so if you don’t already own an ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ or outfit then you’ve got just under three weeks to make one. We’ve found these starting-off points to get the ideas flowing — from easy to intricate:

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