Christmas Traditions in Australia
Christmas in Australia is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls in the beginning of their summer season. Here is how the country celebrates.
Decorations – Much like in North America, the use of a Christmas tree is prevalent in Australian society. People also decorate their houses, often as early as early November. The days are long at this time, but people still like to walk around after dark looking at the decorations.
Food – There is turkey and ham being served at Christmas dinners in Australia. Local fruits and vegetables are also part of the celebration, such as kiwi and berries. Often times, because of the scenery, people will hold barbecues on Christmas since the weather is typically so nice.
Christmas Eve – Christmas caroling is done a lot on Christmas Eve.
Traditions – Families still gather for a Christmas day lunch. Christmas Crackers, a fun, tube like device with the prize in the middle, are typically a part of the holidays. Christmas cards are still a major tradition in the area, so much so that it is cheaper to send them than regular postage. There are major sports events that also take place the day after Christmas: a yacht race and a cricket match. Some beaches have Santa’s that come in on surf boards.
Work – Most workplaces are closed on Christmas Eve, and the companies tend to hold parties right before the holidays. Interestingly, this isn’t because they are celebrating Christmas, but rather that they are wrapping up the year. Schools are also out for around a month at this time.
Santa – Children still leave their stockings out for Santa Claus, and parents will typically fill them and put presents under the tree. Often times, Santa is seen depicted in more traditional style wear for the country. One of their more fun traditions is that once Santa gets to Australia, he let’s the reindeer take a break and uses kangaroos instead.
Media – Michael Buble and Mariah Carey are big hits down under, and their albums still sell great at Christmastime. Since it is the beginning of summer in these parts, television isn’t a big part of the holidays, though networks still continue to air the usual Christmas programming.
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