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Christmas in July at The Square, West Palm Beach

Bet you didn't know that Fannie Holt, cofounder of a summer camp in Brevard, North Carolina, located in the Pisgah National Forest, just outside of Asheville, is credited with starting the Christmas in July tradition, did you? The story goes that her campers were homesick, so she had them make Secret Santa gifts for their friends back in 1933. The Washington Post ran the story and, as they say, the rest is history …

This year, for 2023, the folks at The Square in West Palm Beach are continuing the Christmas in July custom on Saturday, July 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 23, 1-3 p.m., on the lawn. The mall is at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., in West Palm Beach. For more details, see this web page.

So, tell you kids to get their Christmas wish list ready early for Santa's summertime visit.

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Mary Lou Cruz

About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email: events@SouthFloridaOnTheCheap.com.

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