Christmas in Australia

When we are bombarded with the traditional images of Christmas involving snow, winter clothes and Frosty the Snowman year after year, those of us in Australia do feel a little confused.
Right now as I type this the weather outside is beautiful. The sky is blues, there are a few clouds in the sky and the temperature is predicted to reach 31° celcius today (that’s 88°F). Christmas Day is predicted to reach 32°C with the possibility of an afternoon shower.
When we go to shopping centres to do our Christmas shopping we spend an inordinate amount of time driving around and around in an attempt to find undercover parking. This is important as here in Queensland it is not just the heat you are trying to protect the car from, but the possibility of an afternoon thunderstorm complete with hail.
Driving around looking at Christmas lights is different. Not everyone decorates their homes with lights but some do. We enjoy doing it as it means we get to sit in an airconditioned car for an hour or so, grab some takeaway from a drive through and spend time as a family.
Christmas in this part of the world is uniquely different.
Some of us still enjoy the traditional Christmas meal of roast meat and vegetables but generally we eat a lot of salads, seafood and cold roast meats. Dessert may include plum pudding and custard but many of us still enjoy a  pavlova along with other snacks such as rum balls, apricot balls or white Christmas.
We spend our day by the pool (if we have one), outside in our outdoor entertainment area or in the air conditioning. It is the middle of summer after all.
Many flock to the beaches.
Personally, I don’t understand the allure of the beach in summer particularly on a very hot day. You burn your feet on the sand getting to a spot to place your towel. You have to lather on sunscreen and then try to position something (such as an umbrella) to give you a little shade. The sand sticks to your sunscreen. The salt in the water dries out your skin and the glare off the water gives you a headache. Or that may just be me. 😉
However, many people love the beach on Christmas Day!

My day is a little more traditional in that we don’t go to the beach. We have in the past swum in one of the rivers near to the Garden Gnome’s parent’s home though; finding shade under a bridge.
This year, my day will begin quite early when the Teen, the GG and I will meet around the tree about 6am where will pass out our family presents. My parents are due to arrive before 7am and we will then do their presents.
At 7.30am the Son and my DIL arrive and I will head into the kitchen to prepare breakfast of croissants with ham (off the bone) and cheese served up with a side of hash browns, fried eggs, tomato and onion. Beverage of choice is usually a glass of champagne (or apple cider). All done whilst wearing my Christmas apron!
The First Born and her family are due to arrive around 10.30am where we will gather around the tree once more and hand out more gifts before the rest of my family members arrive about an hour later.
Lunch will be eaten outside in the entertainment area and by the pool (that is now clear).
This year we have an array of cold meats and salads with desserts such as mini pavlovas, Christmas cake, ice cream and cheesecake adorning the table.
I predict that the children will eat very little meat and salad but gorge on ice creams and lollies (candy) before jumping into the pool.

So you see, the day will certainly be different to those of many of you on the other side of the world.

Glynis asked me about some Australian Christmas songs so I will share some with you. The first song was originally sung by Rolf Harris and is one that I grew up with. However, as Rolf is now in jail I didn’t really want to share his version. Here is one by someone else that in my opinion is almost as good as the original.

This next song by Bucko and Champs is a little outrageous but has a lot of good pictures in it (apart from the stuffed kangaroo and dog 😮 ).
I really like this song as we own an old Holden similar to this one (not a ute though).

The last song is one I’ve never heard before but listened to this morning and quite like. It has many Aussie sayings in it (like ‘now we’re cooking with gas’ and ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie). It’s a bit of fun.

Well, we are off to pick up some paper plates, cutlery and cups this morning to combat too much washing up on Christmas Day. 🙂
We’re also planning on dropping in to see friends before coming home to finish the baking and getting stuff ready for Christmas Day.
(I also need to finish reading the final Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon).
Have a great day all. 🙂

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58 thoughts on “Christmas in Australia

  1. Whatever the weather, may your Christmas be merry.
    I wish mine was going to be warm (or hot) would be Ok too. I’m not a fan of these cold winters and I’ve always been curious if I’d enjoy Christmas in a tropical climate. I think I would. 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on galesmind and commented:
    Since meeting so many wonderful Aussie friends I am fascinated by our differences. Yours is a mirror upside down Alice and Wonderland image of us. Our first look at the New Year is from Sydney Harbor with all the boats. Your Christmas is like our Fourth of July. So different but our two countries have always gotten along. I don’t know if that is because one of us is always sleeping while the other is awake or we have a lot of the same values. Merry Christmas Australia enjoy your beach and barbie. We will snuggle by the fire and watch the snow.

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  3. I always enjoy these little cultural insights, Sue. I live in a place that usually has snow on the ground for the better part of six months, so I feel pretty weird about warm Christmases. We once spent Thanksgiving in Florida, and it was the strangest thing to me…
    Then we moved down south, southeastern Georgia, about two hours from Florida, where I dressed my tree in flip-flops and shorts, and it just felt weird to me. I never could get used to warm Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s…
    I suppose if you found yourself here at Christmas, you’d feel like you’d fallen into a Currier and Ives painting! (And you’d be terribly cold!)

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    1. Hey Joey, do you mean you were wearing flip flops and short whilst you dressed the tree or you dressed the tree with those things? lol 🙂
      Did you know that we call flip flops ‘thongs’ and what you call thongs, we call g-strings?
      I reckon I would feel as if I’d fallen into a painting if I ever had the opportunity to experience a white Christmas. It sounds delightful.

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    1. New Zealand is generally much cooler than Australia but they don’t have snow at this time of year either. New Zealand is also much greener than Australia due to their heavy precipitation. We’re more prone to droughts and dry spells although with the storms we’ve had recently the grass and gardens are looking lovely right now.

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  4. This sounds like a great Christmas plan. Yes, the weather does create an atmosphere different from the Christmas cards. But so does the lack of snow in the places where we think we want it (and are happy when it doesn’t come to impede our driving.)

    My granddaughter will be leaving New Zealand and heading for Australia when 2015 arrives.

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    1. Where in Australia is she headed first Mona? I’m thinking that like most tourists she well head straight to Sydney or Melbourne. They tend to be the popular destinations.
      I can understand that snow could be a huge pain at times as well.

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        1. The humidity of the day was actually quite uncomfortable and the plans we all had of eating lunch outside were shelved for those who wished to stay inside in the cool.
          I hope your Christmas way filled with love and joy.

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  5. Hi Sue, great post. Six white boomers is my favourite, I must say it sounds a lot like Rolf though. Sounds like you have a busy Xmas morning, I worked most of mine over the years so I’m not fussed whether we have it or not. Must be growing into a cynical old man. I’ve had white and hot Xmases, the white ones are great if you have a fire. Had a great one in Canada, 2003. Snow up to the kazoo and minus 35 at night. Here’s wishing you and the family a great day.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

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    1. He did sound a little like Rolf but it wasn’t him.
      I hope you enjoyed your Christmas Laurie. I would hate to think you’re becoming cynical (but definitely not old).
      Oh! And Happy Birthday for today. ❤

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  6. Always enjoy these Aussie Christmas videos Sue.
    Only in Australia can anyone really appreciate our style of Christmas celebrations.
    Hope your day is progressing well, good temps here, cold beer, iced oysters and crayfish, followed by more beer, an afternoon nap, more beer and oysters.
    Merry Christmas Sue.
    Emu

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    1. The humidity was a little high Ian and there was little opportunity for an afternoon nap although I wished for one. The kids (and big kids) all wore themselves out in the pool and many were falling asleep in the lounge quite early.
      Lots of food and surrounded by family. It was a good Christmas.

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  7. I am visiting in the Nordic country and we have had plenty of snow since last Monday. I just love a white Christmas. I also don’t understand going to the beach on a very hot day where there is no shade. I have done that a few times and you won’t find me doing that again. I hope you had a great Christmas.

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  8. You’ve outdone yourself, my friend! A thoroughly enjoyable post…loved the cute videos. The only visit I’ve made to QLD was in mid-January, and yessirree it do get warm there 😛 The decorations were just being taken down from the tree in the city squares, etc. Fabulous weather…nice and cool up in the Hinterlands. I simply loved it. I always wondered about the tunes and the seasonal decor for Christmas in the tropic zones…now I know. Fantastic post!

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    1. Mid January is a pretty warm time of the year since it is mid-summer also lol The weather is generally cooler in the hinterlands and sometimes those of us who live below do travel upwards to escape the heat. lol
      Thanks for stopping by CJ.

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