Dec 07, 2018 Christmas in Australia
I’ll be doing one post a day highlighting a different country that one of YOU sent me information about. Next up for Christmas around the world Stacy from Australia shares the traditions and customs of the holidays in her country. Thank you for adding to the magic of the season!
Christmas day in Australia usually lands on the hottest day of the year! It falls right in the middle of their summer so most children are off for summer break! When Santa gets to Australia, he gives the reindeer a rest and uses kangaroos or ‘six white boomers’ (a popular Australian Christmas song!). He also changes his clothes for less ‘hot’ ones! So they all come together with friends and family, with the air conditioner on of course, to eat and play. Since it is so hot outside most meals aren’t hot meals but a selection of cold meats, salads, or a barbecue of meats or fish.
If they go outside it is to play a game of backyard cricket or swim in the pool before they top the day off with looking at Christmas lights. Most houses decorate their homes with lights and people drive around to look at them Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
The day after Christmas is Dec 26th know as Boxing Day a public holiday. Boxing Day is only celebrated in a few countries; mainly ones historically connected to the UK (such as Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand) and in some European countries. It was started in the UK about 800 years ago, during the Middle Ages. It was the day when the alms box, collection boxes for the poor often kept in churches, were traditionally opened so that the contents could be distributed to poor people. Now Boxing Day is known for its great sales and watching the cricket test match on tv.
Hope you found this fun and entertaining! As they say down under Merry Festive Season Everyone!