Topic 100: Traditional Australian Christmas

In every country Christmas is celebrated differently. Every family have their own ways of celebrating and make up their own meanings for this happy holiday. But what about Australians how do we celebrate our Christmas traditionally.

First thing everyone needs to know about an Australian Christmas is that we are very opposite about almost everything compared to other countries. One thing that is most prominent it that our Christmas is actually celebrated in SUMMER and not winter. Because of this most of our traditions are based around the heat. For instance instead of a snow man we make a ‘snowman’ from beach sand. We don’t use a carrot for a nose very often and mostly end up sing shells, rocks and a Christmas Santa hat.

Another thing you should know is that out terminology is different as well. Chrissy=Christmas, Barbie=BBQ or Barbecue and Pressie= present, its pretty simple. In Australia we put up a Chrissy tree and decorations. We light up our houses in lights on the outside and every night you can see people driving around in their cars or on trams to look at those lights. We get pressies and wrap them in colourful Christmas paper and they are placed under the tree.

The most popular event of the Christmas season is called Carols by Candlelight. People come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols outside. It is an outdoor concert of Christmas cheer.

To facilitate this Australia Post issue a series of Christmas postage stamps which allows mailing of greeting cards at a reduced postage rate. Our sporting traditions are a cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Most young children believe in a man called Santa who brings gifts during the night. Most children will leave out mike and bikkies (biscuits). Some children even write a letter to Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. Some children receive a letter back from Santa that often says that he is excited to deliver their gift this Christmas. Santa often doesn’t wear his red suit but board shorts and a red singlet with thongs and either a stock mans hat or his traditional Santa hat.

Aussies have a habit of changing Christmas songs to make them relevant to Australia and we even have some of our own Christmas songs. These include: Christmas in Australia, Aussie Jingle Bells, Six White Boomers and Santa Claus has a new truck.

In Australia Christmas in normally celebrated with a Barbie and Sangs (sausages), roast, salads and seafood normally prawn and crab. Most people spend the day with family and friends in the pool, at the beach or running under the sprinklers.


I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas!”- Charles Dickens 


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