Originally Posted by Muhler
Thanks for the updates.
Perhaps our Australian friends can tell us what an Australian Christmas is like?
What are they doing?
What are they eating?
Where do they go?
Anything that is special for Sydney alternatively Tasmania?
Carols by Candlelight is a big thing Muhler.
Sydney had their's last Sunday, Melbourne's will be on Christmas Eve - both broadcast nationally on different channels.
Here's a wiki about it -
Another tradition is to have your children photographed sitting on Santa's knee.
Lots of Santa Clauses everywhere, set up by stores and shopping malls.
(And people facebook asking for where the fat ones are - so many skinny Santas now, and people want the more traditional look.)
Buses are sometimes decked out in tinsel - on the bumper bars and windscreen wipers.
For a few years it was a thing to put big deer antlers - fake ones - into the window on either side of your car and drive it around like that through December.
That phase may be passing - I've only seen one car this year doing that. (But maybe I'm not getting out enough
A lot of people do seafood now for Christmas lunch. The price of prawns is always a big media story that gets covered this time every year. (This year is good - only $23.00 per kilo.)
Cherries are another tradition and the price of cherries is sometimes reported.
Lots of decorated trees everywhere - from modern twig things in some shops windows to big ones put up by local councils.
Decorating your house as per the U.S. with light displays has been big for many years.
The best ones - sometimes whole streets - end up on T.V. reports
You take your children and older relatives out in the car after it gets dark to see them. Lists are in the local newspapers.
Presents aren't opened until Christmas morning.
Some people have a big day going from this to that relative's house for breakfast, lunch and tea - a lot of driving and lugging the things Santa bought overnight so everyone can see. Hard work.
Lots of people still do the traditional hot meal. Dessert is big - pavlova, trifle and pudding.
Everyone hates it if it is too hot, but it is always worse if it is cold, grey or wet