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It’s clear that being on
the other side of the“ “
world really does make
foracompletely different
Christmas....
An Australian Christmas… (most large houses have one) or other outdoor then families and friends come together again on
stAustralia was founded in 1788 when the British activities – there’s an Eastenders special to keep 31 December to celebrate the New Year.
Government established a convict settlement in people indoors.
Sydney. Most of Australia’s immigrants came from Christmas in Australia is a time for relaxation,
England and Ireland and they brought with them Boxing Day is aPublic Holiday in Australia that was families, children, food and laughter – it’s
their Christmas traditions. But, over the years inherited from the British. But, rather than being enjoyed for the same reasons as in the UK. Any
many of these traditions have been adapted to the dedicated to pub-crawls and eating leftover turkey, other time of year sitting on the beach with a
Australian lifestyle and culture, making Christmas it’s a day to celebrate two key sporting events. One bucket of prawns and a glass of wine in hand
down under very different to in the UK. isthecricket,theBoxingDayTestheldinMelbourne, is my idea of heaven – but at Christmas time
and the other is the famous Sydney to Hobart boat I’d happily swap this for some tasty Yorkshire
The British Christmas is characterised by cold race. The race starts at midday and is watched by puddings and the Queen’s speech…
winters, short days and layers of clothing. But, in 1000’s of spectators around Sydney Harbour. If
Australia December is one of the hottest months people aren’t watching or attending these sporting *Australian Language
of the year and so ‘Chrissie’* is in the middle of events then they’ll mostly spend the ‘arvo’* down
the Australian summer and temperatures can the beach enjoying a few ‘stubbies’*.
easily exceed 30 degrees. There’s no need for Although an English speaking country the
warm clothing because you can spend most of Christmas in Australia coincides with the annual Aussies do have many unique words that
Christmas in your bikini, ‘sunnies’* and ‘thongs’*. holiday season, the equivalent of August in the can be confusing:
And, rather than worrying about catching a cold UK. Children have 6 weeks break from school
over Christmas, Australians are more concerned and everyone heads off for family holidays early Aussie Australian
about ‘mozzie’* bites and sunburn. in the New Year. So, rather than returning to work Arvo Afternoon
in January with resolutions to spend less and
Barbie BarbequeBecause of the great weather the Aussies spend eat better most Aussies are likely to be relaxing
Christmas outdoors – instead of wrapping up in Queensland, Bali or Fiji. This means that life Bottle shop Off licence
warm under the ‘doona’* or dialling up the central doesn’t really go back to normality in Australia until Chook Chicken
heating they’re likely to be down the beach with a February – and even then there’s still a month or Chrissie Christmas
picnic and a large ‘esky’*. The long daylight hours two of summer weather left to enjoy… Doona Duvet
mean that it’s not dark until after 9pm so evenings Esky Portable ice box
are spent dining alfresco or attending ‘Carols by It’s clear that being on the other side of the
Candlelight’ events. ‘Carols by Candlelight’ is a world really does make for a completely different Fair dinkum Honest
tradition that dates back to 1937and it’san outdoor Christmas – it’s more about having fun in the G’day Good day
evening gathering where people sing carols whilst sun than about getting cosy by the fire. However Lollies Sweets
holding candles. Aussies do share many traditions with us ‘Poms’*. Mozzie Mosquito
From the start of December homes are decorated Middy Measure of beer
The other key difference about Christmas in with Christmas trees and lights, Christmas cards
Australia is the food. Rather than a turkey or a No worries No problemsare exchanged and children write lists for Santa.
‘chook’* with all of the trimmings many Australians The crazy Christmas shopping period starts in Poms English
enjoy a Christmas Day lunch of seafood and cold November and is followed by huge annual sales Schooner Another measure of beer
meats with salad, or they’ll grill lots of meat on from Boxing Day onwards. Extended families Stubby Bottle of beer
the ‘barbie’*. Dessert is likely to be a pavlova (a unite on Christmas Day to enjoy good food and Sunnies Sunglasses
meringue base topped with cream and fruit). Lunch exchange presents and church services are
Thongs Flip-flopsmay be followed by a dip in the swimming pool popular on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And
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