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    Posted by TripTide HQ January 17, 2013 - 1,392 views - 0 comments - 0 likes

    Christmas Traditions in Australia


    Christmas means something different to us all and depending on where in the world you come from you will no doubt have your own traditions based around family, friends, food and décor!
    Whether it’s Santa Claus in his sleigh (USA), Saint Nicholas riding a horse (Belgium), Dun Che Lao Ren (China) or a surfing Father Christmas in Australia we all have a Christmas tradition to call our own.


    Over at TripTide HQ we are used to below zero temperatures, Turkey dinners and terrible cracker jokes with paper hats that we all whinge about but secretly love!
    But our friends in Australia have a different set of Christmas traditions altogether, what is it that makes Christmas in Australia so special? Read on to find out more and let us know of your own experiences during the festive season!



    If you’re planning to spend the December holidays in Australia make sure you pack and prepare yourself for a heat wave! Sun lotion, sun hats, sunglasses and anything else with the prefix SUN should probably make it in to your suitcase as temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees C!

    Get ready to dabble in a different kind of dining experience for Christmas dinner and consider a fresh seafood platter with award winning wines outdoors.
    Take your al fresco dining one step further and convert your Christmas dinner to a picnic on the beach! Thousands of others can’t be wrong.  Follow the picnic baskets to Bondi for an unforgettable spin on your Australian Christmas dinner.
    For homesick traditionalists, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings can still be enjoyed with a scrumptious plum pudding for afters.

    Live like a local and replace your Mistletoe, Holly & Ivy with Australia’s home grown red flowered Christmas Bush.

    Looking forward to some carol singing this season? Head on down to Melbourne on Christmas Eve for the yearly
    Carols by Candlelight event, a popular tradition for the past 70 years and counting.  Crowds will gather at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings Domain Gardens to share a festive song and enjoy the carols in good company.

    As previously mentioned Father Christmas embraces Australian lifestyle to the max by surfing in to deliver his Christmas cheer to the masses.  Other traditions suggest he has six kangaroos to drive his sleigh across the rough terrain of the outback, Rudolph gets some time off as Jackaroo, Bluey and Co arrive to deliver presents to the good children of Australia.



    Have you experienced Christmas in Australia?
    Or would you like to be there next year and have some questions to ask before you travel?
    Speak to experienced members of the TripTide Australia community and get all the festive info and inspiration you could ever need!



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