What is Christmas in Australia?

Similar to my ‘What is Halloween in Australia?’ post this is all about the best time of the year. Christmas! (Sing Christmas). Obviously, unlike Halloween Australia celebrates Christmas but during summer. So it’s hot and different to the carols. Like, you know the carol about it being cold outside? In Australia it’d be about getting heat stroke. So, because of that I thought it would be kind of interesting to do a post with what I think is a bit different about Christmas and Australia

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  1. The Beach

Some families in Australia opt to have Christmas lunch or dinner as a BBQ by the beach. Of course, it’s normally quite hot so some people will just head to down for a swim and have lunch in the comfort of their air conditioned homes as well.

2. The Food

A big part of Christmas is the food, right?  In Australia most families will still have the roast meat and roast vegetables but will include cooler foods as well. This includes a salad option and there’s almost always some kind of sea food on the table. Usually prawns, here’s a link to a recipe I’ve found online

3. No Christmas Sweaters

As mentioned before during December it’s hot. So of course there’s no ugly Christmas sweater tradition, just funny Christmas shirts. Or in the last few years there’s been the new Christmas rashie’s, affectionately named ‘The Ugly Xmas Rashie’ (a rashie is a swimming shirt you use to protect yourself from getting sunburnt). As you can see, the design is unmistakably Australian (I love it).

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You can get one here

4 . Christmas Decorations

Another one of my favourite things to see at Christmas time is the beachy/Australian vibe Christmas decorations have taken on. Santa can be seen with a sleigh pulled by kangaroos, surfing or chilling out with his board shorts and hawaiian shirt on underneath a palm tree

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One of my own decorations

So, that’s what I think kind of stands out to make an ‘Australian Christmas’. What do you guys think? Or are you from another country and have your own Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments

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