Dec 142016

images-12Christmas in Australia 

In Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from early to mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas!  We will be returning to Oz to house and pet sit in December, 2015.

Trish and I have spent  wonderful Christmas’s in Australia.  Christmas comes in the middle of the summer holidays, so many families might celebrate a Christmas meal on the beach or on a camping holiday.  The kids are off school from mid-December to early February.

While the kids may be off, most Australians only get a few days of holidays.  Sometimes with the extreme heat, volunteers and fire fighters may spent Christmas battling massive bush fires.

Australians are a fun-loving people.  Some keep the “old Country tradition” (English) by having a turkey or ham, while others have a picnic or barbie on the beach.

We have lived in Sydney for Christmas.   Trish and I were delighted with the Christmas displays in the larger stores.  It was fun to see Santa wearing beach wear and balancing on a surf board.images-11

Some Australians like to decorate their houses with bunches of ‘Christmas Bush’, a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream colored flowers. In summer the flowers turn a deep shiny red over a period of weeks (generally by the week of Christmas in Sydney).

In each State capital there is a large Carols by Candlelight celebration with top name performers.  The same is carried out in parks in smaller towns and often followed by a fire work display.

On Boxing Day (December 26) people go visiting their rellies (relatives) and if you are in Sydney, you can watch the start of the famous Yacht race from Sydney to Hobart (the capital city of Tasmania).

Happy Christmas – Season’s Greetings


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