If you’re wrapped in a warm blanket or afghan, you may not want to read about Christmas in Australia. That is, of course, if you’re the jealous sort.
Otherwise, you just may get a kick out of the fact that kangaroos aren’t the only ones hopping to celebrate Christmas in Australia – the land down under that is located entirely below the equator. Aussies are known to hop down to the beach on Christmas Day to seek relief from the heat.
As Ornamentshop.com continues its global look at Christmas traditions, we focus our lens on Australia, where cameras from around the world have showcased the splendor of “carols by candlelight.” During this annual Aussie tradition, people congregate in parks, schools, churches and concert halls before Christmas to sing Christmas carols while holding tapered candles.
Christmas in Australia
Every year, TV broadcasts feature Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens and Speers Point Park at Lake Macquarie, where tens of thousands of people gather to sing carols by candlelight. The flickering candles create a spectacular sight, rivaled only by the reflection of the light against the gentle waves of the water.
Aussies are equally proud of the tradition of making “crackers,” or cardboard or paper rolls that contain hard candy, wrapped chocolates or small toys. These little gems make a cracking or popping sound when they are twisted and pulled apart. People in other countries may call these small gifts “poppers,” but Aussies are fond of saying that their crackers get spread – pun intended – to everyone in the family, and not just children.
Christmas in Australia is known on both sides of the equator for festive family gatherings around the barbie, where grilled lamb chops, sausage, roast or pork are complemented by cold meats, seafood and salads. Few Christmas feasts are complete without vegemite, a thick black yeast extract that spices up many Australian dishes.
If you’ve seen pictures of Santa on water skis, a surfboard or a moped, he may have been enjoying Christmas Day in Australia. And who can blame him, after so many months in the frigid North Pole?
As you’ll learn from our ongoing series of worldwide Christmas traditions, Australia isn’t the only country that basks in warm temperatures at Christmastime. But it may be the only place on earth where Santa regularly trades his plush suit and boots for shorts and sandals and the company of his reindeer for a cluster of koala bears.
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