The Jacaranda trees are burgeoning with buds and starting to erupt into magnificent panicles of soft blue blossom, heralding the coming of Christmas to Australians all around our huge island home. We don’t have the snow, yule logs, red-berried holly, and roaring log fires that are associated with a northern hemisphere Christmas. The heavy reds and greens of traditional decorations seem out of place in our clear bright daytime light, as do cards decorated with deer, sleighs, or trees laden with burning candles.
Christmas and New Year are both more relaxed and casual in this country, with Santa often dressed in beach shorts and sandals as he hops around to visit children on his kangaroo. Meals are also more relaxed and often served outside in the garden under a shady tree, in a large public park or on the beach. Prawns, crayfish (lobster), calamari, and oysters have overtaken the usual poultry as the dish of choice and are served with a vast array of salads which is much kinder to the family chief cook and bottle-washer!
Rather than drinking heavy calorific mixes like eggnog or cocktails, we tend to sip crisp white wines and champagne that complement our casual dining styles. Pavlova, filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit, has become the traditional substitute for Christmas pudding, and I have travelled many miles balancing a decorated pavlova on my lap as we drove to a relative’s home to share Christmas dinner.
At family gatherings around the country, kids set up games of cricket or tennis on any nearby beach or lawn, amusing themselves with outdoor fun in the sunshine. Poolside parties and BBQs are the order of the day as the day slowly cools down and exhausted children are tucked under a sheet or a mozzie net for the night.
Neighbours and friends sit out on the lawn or deck, relaxing over a beer or a cup of tea, whiling the evening away with jokes and convivial conversation. The Jacaranda trees drop their beautiful flowers, forming a mauve carpet on the grass below and fill the evening with their delicate perfume—mmhhh! Summer in Australia is a great time of the year to have holidays.
I don’t believe that our Australian traditions are better than those of the northern climes, just very different. Somehow, decorating our home with gold and white decorations suits the intensely bright midsummer days we experience and that I associate with Christmas. As a child growing up in Brisbane, Queensland, I often spent Christmas day just dressed in a pair of bathers (a swim suit!) and even now try to dress in my coolest, airiest outfit and a pair of snappy sandals for the big day. Fly repellent and high-factor sun protection are more important than the latest designer perfume.
As the holiday season draws closer, spare a thought every now and then for our family’s Aussie Christmas traditions—relaxed, casual and laid back is the order of the day, nationwide. And that’s the way I prefer my Christmas!when starting up a business manufactured home who developed the geocentric theory when project runway 2022 where civil engineering work where do thoughts come from science how much project pat worth how to do roadmap how teaching happens book how often system demo occur how much solutions are there roadmap how to create why technological advancement is bad how long london broil on grill what development made exploration to africa how many technology companies in the world how often does advantage solutions pay who system building blocks how much company listed in bse where did we come from science whom pronouns where do i start where do i begin who is the product beneficial for which entrepreneur are you quiz where to build science nexus how many startups are there in india how development is measured who improved the telephone how long startup repair windows 7 whose business is best what company is worth the most who technology addiction when system has no solution whom synonym how many management consulting firms are there roadmap what does it mean how many design slots acnh whose teaching is in support of education for all what tech would look like where apple products are made why business major essay differential equation whose solution is y cx c c 3 whose project is tplex which management approach is the best how solutions are formed what makes a good roadmap what manufacturer makes infiniti where is dmitry from project runway now where from samsung company where business administration can work how many manager does bts have how many technology parks are in india how often should you forecast when project tiger was launched what is areas of management why project based learning where is primitive technology from how much technology is used in schools which device is required for the internet connection when management wants you out how many teaching positions are open in nc how science is unlocking the secrets of addiction when business need to formalize the information who manufactures products how engineering changed the world who product information where product key windows 10 which entrepreneur is associated with the financial industry who developed python where is anya from project runway now when a manufacturer saturated the market which solution has the highest ph how company equity works who system classification how far technology will go when manufacturing overhead is overapplied how much project coordinators make which startup character are you how technology has changed our lives when business invest funds to expand when solution is saturated how device drivers work how design live where to find workers where from your's teacher where to set up a trust fund how often is continuously why product management interview question why system design is important what system is the kidney in why technological advancement is necessary in india how management helps in development of society how many london football clubs how creative solutions why technology is bad for education who roadmap 2030 when tech companies lie to us why science is wrong where from lg company where does energy come from science where civil engineering work when product backlog is created who pays workers compensation which solutions are isotonic where is apple research and development located who solution recipe for rehydration how solutions are saturated how many solutions exist for the given equation how much project zomboid how product management works with ux where to launch kayak weeki wachee what device is espressif whose product is sql who owns defi solutions where to study engineering in south africa when management is the problem why project based learning who's a scientist