Happy New Year everyone and I wish you good health, happiness and prosperity in 2013.
As most of my readers are anywhere but Australia and the majority live in the Northern Hemisphere I thought I would share what an Australian Christmas is like.
While most of you are rugged up and some of you had a White Christmas, we are in the middle of summer. It depends where you live in Australia just how hot it is but for me it was 30 degrees Celsius (about 86 in the USA). The city I grew up in had a whopping 44C (111 USA).
As I live in a seaside holiday resort type town we headed for the beach early morning.
I took this photo as soon as we were arrived here which was around 7 AM. By the time we left the beach was packed with people.
At 7 AM there were people claiming their spot for the day and some were already into the champagne. Clearly many people were there for the day judging by the amount of food and drinks they had with them.
I was enjoying listening to the Germans, English, Irish and a variety of other tourists all enjoying their Aussie Christmas.
Not everyone goes to the beach. For me it is just sort of nice when you have a Christmas away from your families to do that and be in the buzz of people.
Last year we were in Perth (where I grew up) and we had a family Christmas at my brother’s house. There were kids and presents and we all stayed in the air conditioning as it was hot there last Christmas too.
So what do we eat at Christmas?
This had changed over the years as we have more generations of us that were born in Australia. When I was growing up because all of my grandparents were from the UK we did the British traditional hot lunch.
Over the years many of us have decided that is too hard. Who wants to slave over a hot oven in heat? So we have gravitated to things like seafood, cold hams, cold turkey and lots of salads.
We even have Christmas Ice-Cream cakes in Australia.
Not everyone does this some still do the hot meal but most people are like us.
So we started with Smoked Salmon, then some prawns (shrimp) in a salad, fruit and Ice-cream. Oh and lots of champagne and chilled wine.
Many people who come here to live from the Northern Hemisphere comment that it never feels like Christmas. As I grew up here it is what I know as Christmas.
I had one Christmas in London but it did not snow. It was just miserably cold and raining. One day I want to do a White Christmas, preferably in New York.
The Traditional Christmas Cake
Australia is very multicultural so we like to mix things up. Traditionally most of us ate the English type Christmas Cake. This year apparently we purchased far more of the Italian Panettone as the cake of choice. I even saw people eating them for breakfast at the beach!
If you live in the northern hemisphere most things in Australia are opposite. We have summer while you have winter, we sleep while you work and for the most of you we are already “tomorrow”. Oprah once said “I know the world is not going to end because it is already tomorrow in Australia!”
If you have enjoyed learning about what we do in Australia for Christmas please share it with your friends as not many people know much about us.
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