According to legend, "Christmas in July" began as a celebration at a summer camp in 1933, when Kerystone Camp in Brevard, NC, decided to dedicate two days -- July 24 and 25 -- to the holiday, complete with cotton fake snow, a decked out tree, a gift exchange and, of course, an appearance by Santa.
Welcome to the July issue of
Not Your Usual Caricature Artist from Caricatures by Joel.
Hollywood grabbed the idea in 1940 and made a romantic comedy with that title. So for those of you already succumbing to the heat and mugginess attendant virtually on a daily basis throughout this month, faraway thoughts of snow-capped peaks, ski trails, hot cider and gifts under the tree help ameliorate the high temperatures discomfort.
As a public service, yours truly presents these visions -- if not of sugar plums, then of folks enjoying the gift of caricature during the winter solstice.
...And while we're at it, those of you already contemplating Christmas/holiday events (or gifts) this coming winter, please keep in mind the uniquely joyful element of caricatures from yours truly.