Christmas From Around The World – Australia
Christmas is Australia is very different from what we are used to in the Northern Hemisphere. Forget white, snowy scenery because Christmas is sunshine and blues skies. You might have heard that some Australians even choose to spend their Christmas at the beach!
The major difference is the weather and with temperatures up to 35 degrees many families have the windows, curtains and blinds open to let the cool area in rather than trying to keep cold air out!
Many still spend their Christmas at home and have a Christmas dinner with roasted meats and vegetables. Some have started to change from tradition and eat things such as cold meats and salads as well as a good old fashion barbecue in the back yard!
A lot of Australians also still decorate their homes as we are accustom to here in the UK. With a tree in the lounge or dining room and Christmas themed accessories and ornaments throughout the home. So you can still expect to see decorations from the ceiling and running along the rails of the lounge curtains.
Another major difference you will notice with any Australian bedroom interior during the summer Christmas period is their bedding sets, which tend to have mosquito nets over them to protect them from getting bitten by bugs! There is also nearly always window nets or eyelet curtains hanging from curtain poles to also prevent unwanted ‘insect-visitors’ from entering the home!
So for the most part there really are very few things different aspects to an Australian Christmas. The summer season naturally affects the amount of light in the different rooms and allows for less interior lighting to be needed. The general look and style is very similar the other differences you can expect to see a lot more traditional looking Christmas interior designs and less on more modern and minimalist looks that we are now seeing in the UK and Europe.
Hopefully this has given you a good insight into Christmas in Australia and perhaps you could cancel the roast this year and go for a salad instead! I don’t think it would be quite the same but you can see why a Christmas roast on a hot summers day may not so appealing for our Australian friends!
Boxing Day in Australia is a day of sporting events as it is in the UK ,with the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as well as the Boxing Day Test match for cricket fans, many Australians will be watching television in much the same way as people in the UK!