Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“Christmas is just around the corner.”
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
You’ve probably guessed where we’re going.
Fischer, you’re really stretching this time.
No, not really.
Today is July 25. It's Christmas in July.
Holidayspot.com reports Christmas in July is a phenomenon:
“Come July, and there is an air of festivity all over. Everywhere we find people making a mad rush to nearby stores, shops and malls to buy gift items, apparels and all other articles traditionally linked to festal occasions. Those out of the loop may wonder at the reason for this sudden shopping though such people are a rarity. It is hard to come by anyone who has not heard about or celebrated the much talked about occasion – ‘Christmas In July’."
I swear you will listen to tonight's music and after awhile the melodies won't sound anything like Christmas tunes.
So let's get started with a great saxman, Boney James.
Again, from theholidayspot.com:
“The precise beginnings of the Christmas in July tradition is not very clear, although it is commonly believed that it actually started in Europe, as a way to celebrate Christmas in summer. During the summer months in the northern hemisphere, the weather becomes increasingly warm and many people crave the coolness of winter. Amid the scorching summer months, people miss the gift giving, and holiday spirit of the Christmastime. Though it is not known when it started exactly, it is probably from the 80s that the festival began to be celebrated. The earliest Christmas celebrations in July saw people throwing parties that imitate the actual Christmas festivities in December. The celebrations also included other Christmas traditions like Santa Claus, ice cream and other cold foods, and gifts. It was held that celebrating in the warm season would ensure a strong, happy winter Christmas season.
“This untimely Christmas festival is also often ascribed to a group of Irish tourists who went for a vacation in Sydney's Blue Mountains in the summer months of July in 1980. Away from the summer temperatures in their country, they were overjoyed at the sight of snow there. It is believed that they convinced the proprietor of a local hotel in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales to hold a party called "Yulefest". The idea was an instant hit and caught on the imagination of everyone present there. The proprietor saw a golden opportunity in this and henceforth held a Christmas Party each year in July. The local businessmen too jumped in to cash in on this unique festival and it continues to this day.”
David Benoit has been performing since 1977. He’s made 25 recordings and has three Grammy nominations.
It’s always summer-like in Aloha-land. Donald Boyce does a "shaka" as he shares a wave with a surfer while riding in an outrigger canoe off Waikiki beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo: Hugh Gentry / Reuters
Next up, one of the best contemporary jazz groups that in the past opened their concerts with this Christmas classic.
Santa Clauses jump as they dance around the Christmas tree at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen during the Annual World Santa Claus Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, 21 July 2014. Santa Clauses from around the World participated in a parade and went sightseeing in the city and visited the statue of the The Little Mermaid, then march from Old beach to City Hall to finally conclude with a march on the hill. (EPA/DAVID LETH WILLIAMS)
This rendition by trumpeter Chris Botti will have you thinking of Stan Getz and The Girl from Ipanema.
Not everyone’s crazy about Santa. Here, actor David Warren, who has been playing Santa for the past 10 years, holds dubious 7-month-old Olivia Ruch at Santa's Grotto in Selfridges department store in London. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters
This next group started recording back in 1952.
That's it for this week's segment.
Have a jolly weekend.