In Australia, Christmas comes in the towards the beginning of the Summer holidays.
Children have their Summer holidays from mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas.
Because it is hot at Christmas time in Australia, there are quite often massive bush fires across the country. Many volunteer bush fire fighters are involved in saving people and property and travel from all over Australia to help in other states.
Australians hang wreaths on their front doors and sometimes go out Christmas carol singing on Christmas Eve.
People decorate their homes and gardens with Christmas Trees and Christmas lights.
Neighbors sometimes have little competitions to see who has got the best light display. The neighbors often visit each other to look at the light displays at night. Sometimes the displays are put out as early as 1 December.
Australians 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 city there is a large Carols by Candlelight service.
Famous Australian singers like The Wiggles, John Farnham, Anthony Warlow, Colin Gery, Niki Webster and many more help to sing the carols.
These carol services, held in different cities, are broadcast on TV across Australia.
There are also huge Christmas pageants in each state capital city, that are also broadcast across the country.
Most towns and cities have festivals and parades. In some places, there is a fireworks display at the local park.
Many towns, cities and schools also hold their own Carols by Candlelight services, with local bands and choirs sometimes helping to perform the Christmas Carols and songs.
As it is the middle of Summer in Australia at Christmas time, the words to the Carols about snow and the cold winter are sometimes changed to special Australian words.
When Santa gets to Australia he gives his reindeers a rest and might use kangaroos. He also changes his clothes for less ‘hot‘ ones.
Children often leave out carrots for Santa’s reindeer and there might be some cake for Santa, with some cold beer but it is non-alcoholic because Santa has to drive his sleigh.
Presents are normally exchanged between families on Christmas Day.
In Australia, both Christmas Day and the day after are public holidays. And, 1 of the biggest Australian traditions when it comes to Boxing Day are the Boxing Day Sales, the 1st and biggest day of the post-Christmas sales. Big centers and small shops open on this day with plenty of bargains.
On Boxing Day after the shopping most people go out to visit their friends and often have barbecues on the beach. A famous Yacht race from Sydney to Hobart in Tasmania is also held on Boxing Day.
On Christmas Day the people who live in the outback send Christmas greetings to each other over the radio network.
Most families try to be home together for Christmas and most people the main meal at lunch and have a cold Christmas dinner, or a barbecue with prawns and lobsters along with the ‘traditional English‘ food.
Australians like Christmas Pudding and trifle.
Have a healthy Happy Christmas Season, Keep the Faith!
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