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'Twas the season to be jolly for Bart and Evelyn Brizzolara of Evergreen Park, Ill. While other families in the Chicago suburb celebrated the Fourth of July by waving flags or lighting firecrackers, the Brizzolaras brought up their cartons of Christmas decorations from the basement, hung an evergreen wreath and holly on the front door and gathered around their Christmas tree.

The Brizzolaras' odd custom began six years ago, after several years in which illness, distance and conflicting engagements kept the family members apart on Christmas Day. Brizzolara, an accountant, and his wife invited their three children to try July 4. Two...

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