Christmas in the Land Down Under
Posted on December 24, 2011
Christmas Day this year marks the end of my eighth year in Australia. I arrived on this continent on 25 December 2003, having flown straight through and missed Christmas Eve, due to the time variation between here and home. I spent that first hot summer’s day with my future husband, Robin. We took a walk in Westerfolds Park, and enjoyed a swim in the Yarra River, under the protection of tangy-smelling eucalpyts, and squadrons of screaming sulphur-crested cockatoos. Christmas lunch with Robin’s family included abundant fresh seafood – shellfish, salmon, and king prawns – a variety of salads, beautiful Australian wines, a selection of traditional cakes (plus a delightful Pavlova), dessert tarts, and hand-made chocolates. This was an all together different realm from my usual Northern Hemisphere holiday experience. Everyone was in short sleeves and there wasn’t a turkey in sight!
Of course, by now I am used to it. I have learnt to embrace the summer holiday season fully and joyfully, without the heavy overcoat and wool stockings. I no longer sniff the air for snow on Christmas Eve, and I have ditched the brandy eggnog for a nice glass of Chardonnay or a cold Ginger Beer. Still, I admit that I prefer traditional Christmas songs to Six White Boomers , or to Aussie Jingle Bells, funny as they are the first time you hear them. ( If you don’t know these songs, you can hear them via these links: Six White Boomers, a Rolf Harris Tribute / Aussie Jingle Bells by Bucko and Champs )
Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Christmas in Australia.
(Note: click on photos to enlarge)
Take a Road Trip
Find a Secluded Spot for a Swim
Keep a Look-out for Indigenous Wildlife
Pack a Picnic and Head for the Beach
Enjoy Catching Up with Friends and Family
Whatever You Do, We Wish You and Your Loved Ones a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Except where cited, all of the photos in this post were taken by Robin & td Whittle, December 2011.