Christmas Holidays Australia
Christmas in Australia and New Zealand comes in the middle of their summer - no white Christmas for them! Most of the time it is blue skies, bright sunshine and temperatures in the eighties (25 C) and above.
The first official Australian Christmas was celebrated on 25 December 1788 at Sydney Cove by Reverend Johnson. Following the service Arthur Phillips, the Governor, presided over a traditional Christmas meal with his officers ending with a loyal toast to King George III. However, there was no special meal for the convicts - they had to make do with their normal rations of bread.
Preparation for Christmas starts in early December when decorations are put up, including door wreaths, artificial trees and nativity scenes. Christmas cards with designs similar to those found in the UK and US (holly, snow scenes, Dickensian Christmas scenes etc) are sent out to family and friends. In many homes, Christmas cakes and puddings will be baked ready to eat on Christmas Day. In the cities and towns, many shopping centres and stores have their own 'Santa' for children to meet.
Because it is so warm at this time, flowers tend to be the main form of decoration, particularly the native Christmas Bush (a plant which has little red flowered leaves) and Christmas Bell. However, some people do have a real tree with lights and decorations, which are put up just before Christmas Eve.
Christmas carols are played throughout the country - traditional songs such as 'Once in Royal David's City' and 'Little Town of Bethlehem' as well as typically Aussie songs such as 'Six White Boomers', 'The North Wind' and 'The Carol of the Birds'. Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' is also popular down under!
'Carols by Candlelight' is a tradition which started in 1937. It is held every year on Christmas Eve at the Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne when thousands of people gather to sing their favourite Christmas songs, lighting up the night sky with candles. This is now broadcast throughout the world.
In the run up to Christmas there are many professional and amateur productions of Handel's Messiah performed throughout country. One version in particular is that presented by Radio Community Chest in Sydney Town Hall - a tradition that has taken place for over 50 years, with proceeds going to those in need. A choir of over 500 is drawn from churches throughout Sydney.
The school summer holidays start a week before Christmas with children being off until after Australia Day on 26 January. This is a time when exams are over and results are eagerly awaited!
Many people will attend the midnight service on Christmas Eve before returning home to wait for Father Christmas/Santa Claus to come and leave presents under tree. Before they go to bed, children leave out a glass of milk or coke for him and some carrots for his reindeer.
Christmas Day is a time for families to get together and exchange gifts before either going to church or having their Christmas lunch. Until recently this would have been a traditional meal of turkey, cranberry sauce, ham, pork and vegetables followed by a flaming Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. However, due to the diversity of cultures within Australia, and the fact that the weather is so hot at this time of year, many people now have cold meat or seafood with salads and it is often taken as a picnic either to the country or to the beach.
In some parts of Australia there is a new tradition beginning to take hold - that of 'Christmas in July', which is the coldest month of the year as it is in the middle of their winter. Temperatures are still well above freezing but it is cooler than it is in December! This is when families will gather together and have the traditional Christmas meal together with all the trimmings such as including party hats and streamers
Boxing Day is a public holiday in Australia and many people either relax and watch the annual Boxing Day Test Match or begin travelling to their holiday destinations. Boxing Day also marks the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.How to put rubber tips on xbox controller joystick How to wash makeup brushes? How to plant sunflower seeds what does the playboy bunny symbol mean what istg mean what states does ez pass work in what does the purple heart mean what does tenancy by entirety mean How to make nft? How to play spikeball? How to make love like an englishman what is the abs light mean what does philosophy mean what does impeached mean How to unlock facebook account what does pepto bismol taste like How to take off acrylic nails with tips yourself How to weigh yourself without a scale? what does bicameral mean what does barring mean what does aroace mean what are you listening to lyrics What is silver tips tea How to qualify for disability? what level does sneasel evolve what does arthritis feel like in shoulder What are 2 tricks giotto use in his art work How to remove google account from phone Tips on how to eat more what does eviscerated mean What tips do you use for decorating flowers How long to wait after eating to workout How long would it take to get to mars? what does cbc stand for Tips when driving in the rain How to make lavender oil what are capricorns compatible with How to put tips directly to employee square How to slow heart rate after drinking alcohol? How to talk to anyone: 92 little tricks audiobook torrent what is mean absolute deviation How to keep crickets alive what does gourmet mean what does orale mean How to teach chop tricks in gta v How to get rid of knots in back? what does a red light on a house mean What are "tricks and traps" in a scene what does it mean when it goes straight to voicemail How to work on yourself? How to cook salmon in a pan what sound does a bobcat make what does plt mean in a blood test How does cyril do his tricks How to draw arms tumblr post but how much extend not all tips are perfect Tips when routing hinges in a door What was houdinis famous tricks What is the pg tips monkey called what does we don't have enough information mean How to do tricks with cards when the deck is red black red black What to do when old staff won't learn new tricks what does a body scanner look like in fortnite Mrs tips made a routine visit to her physician last week. when the laboratory what are some adjectives How to make sunny side up eggs? How to search an image? How to watch friends reunion? Echo amazon how to tips How to calculate capital gains tax what does the name cameron mean what does aspect mean A ________ is a crescent-shaped dune whose tips point downwind. How does david blane do his tricks what does disembowel mean How to get souls of night what schools are closed today what does it mean when your left foot itches Tips for guys when trying to have kid what fruits are bad for dogs How to become tips certified in ri How to make steak tips tender what does semi monthly pay mean what does mean in math what does bbl mean tiktok Tricks to not falling asleep when reading textbooks How to cure constipation? How to get better skating half halfpipe coping tricks What compliment beef tips and onions How to make a google account default? How to get away with murder cast? what does dvt feel like Dm tips how to deal with players who don't like each other How to connect a ps4 controller to a ps4 How to calculate dividend yield? what does the name amir mean How to prevent dementia what does recon mean what are orbs what do ladybugs mean spiritually what does yktv mean what does m stand for what does ungrateful mean How to sell on ebay for beginners? How to make moscow mule? what does compa mean what does 666 angel number mean Tips on how to succeed in a college math class How to eat more vegetables? what does clear from chat feed mean How to clear nose congestion How to treat pcos? How long does fedex take to deliver? what does nft mean in texting How to fix blurry pictures? How to make a chest in minecraft? what does gentile mean How to turn off android phone? How to stop hiccups instantly at home