Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day Two- Christmas in Australia

Hello, and welcome to Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere! Australians spend Christmas day at the beach, playing cricket, and swimming in the pool. Why?

Christmas is at the beginning of the summer holidays for Australians. It is often near 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas day.  But, they still decorate with wreaths, trees, and lights. Sometimes neighbors will have Christmas light display contests! A special native Australian plant called the 'Christmas Bush' also adorns many homes. It has small green leaves and cream colored flowers that turn a deep red just in time for Christmas!

Christmas Bush

  In the big cities, there are huge Carol singing services. Famous Australian singers come and help to lead the carols. These services are broadcast all over the country on TV. There are also huge pageants in the big cities that are broadcast on TV. Many towns and cities will also hold their own Carol sings. People also celebrate with festivals, parades, and fireworks.

Sometimes, words like 'snow' and 'cold' in Christmas carols are changed to fit the climate better. For example...

"I'm dreading another dry Christmas
Like all the ones we have these years
Where the tree tops burn and the Fire Fighters yearn
To feel raindrops on their faces."

(This is the first verse of 'Dry Christmas' by Trevor Williams. You can find the rest of the words and the story behind it here.)

Those in the outback send Christmas greetings to one another over the radio.

What is Australian Christmas food like?
They have turkey, ham, pork, or sometimes seafood. For dessert, there is plum pudding with a favor baked inside, and mince pies. It is often eaten at a local beach!

On Boxing Day (the 26th) people visit friends, have barbeques on the beach, and may participate in the yacht race held in Sydney!

Australian Santa
Have you ever seen a Santa that looks like this?
When Santa makes it to Australia, he gives Dasher and the rest and enlists 6 white kangaroos to pull his sleigh. He also changes his clothes, getting rid of the heavy fur coat and replacing it with T-shirt and swim trunks!

So, "Miri Kirijimiji" from Australia!

(Miri Kirijimiji is Merry Christmas in Walpiri, an Australian Aboriginal language)


  1. This is part of a 12 day series. Check out the other ones here:

  2. Now I really want to spend Christmas in Australia one year.
    Soooo cool!

  3. Very interesting. How come it's always guys named Trevor who parody Christmas songs? Hmmm...