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How to celebrate an Aussie Christmas in Queensland

How to celebrate an Aussie Christmas in Queensland
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We are heading towards our second Christmas in Australia and this year we are soooo much more prepared than we were last year.  Although I have experienced Christmas in hot climates before the Aussies have their own unique spin on the festive holiday season! We have also learnt to be slightly more prepared for a day at the beach over the last 12 months!

If you are just about to have your first Aussie Christmas or are just curious to know what Christmas Down Under is like then read on!

Aussie christmas

 


DURING THE RUN-UP TO CHRISTMAS


There are a number of essential ways to prepare for an Aussie Christmas. To get into the festive mood I would suggest following these steps!

STEP 1

Attempt to learn the Aussie versions of some of your favourite Christmas carols! Here are some perfect examples (if you need a translation check out my guide to Aussie slang!

If your kids are in school don’t be surprised if they come home singing an alternative version of some of the best known Xmas tunes!

Jingle Bells

 

The 12 Days of Christmas

STEP 2

A real Christmas tree is not really an option in Queensland and to be honest how many pine trees were there in Bethlehem anyway! So here are a few options you can consider!

Traditional fake tree

You may have shipped your fake tree and trimmings over with you from the UK but if not there are plenty of places to purchase your fake tree in Australia though do keep in mind that this is not the most eco-friendly option. You will see lots of artificial trees in shopping centres – this is the tree at Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast this year.

Wooolworths cardboard do-it-yourself option

Spend ‘x’ amount in Woolworths and this cardboard number is all yours! Continue to spend “x” dollars on a weekly basis to collect the pop-ups to decorate the tree. Spend endless hours making aforementioned pop-ups!

K-Mart for the more adventurous

Its hot. Why not go for the Christmas cactus option? This is my friend Erica’s Christmas tree/cactus this year – add some googly eyes and decorate! Certainly fits with the 30 plus temperatures you can expect in December!

 

Christmas trees in Australia

 

STEP 3

 

Did you always buy a new Christmas jumper every year in the UK (the uglier the better) to wear to work? Well you are really not going to need a jumper here in Australia so the next best option is to purchase an ugly Xmas rashie! 

 

If you aren’t planning to head to the beach but will be relaxing at home round the pool why not consider purchasing a pair of Christmas thongs!

 


CHRISTMAS EVE


Forget leaving sherry and a mince pie out for Santa – in Australia Santa requires a cold refreshing beer to keep him sustained throughout the night!

Also remember that when available Santa uses alternative methods of transportation in Australia. So don’t bat an eyelid if he surfs or jet skis past you at the beach……

via GIPHY

P.S Don’t forget to head to the market/shop on Christmas Eve to stock up on prawns/lobsters/Moreton bay bugs for your seafood feast tomorrow!


CHRISTMAS DAY


The big day has arrived! Follow this schedule for the full Aussie Christmas experience!

  • Get up at 2 am.  Fill the car with every possible requirement for the beach. This should include most of the following items gazebo/fold up tables/fold up chairs/towels/sun umbrellas/tents/BBQ/eskies brimming with food and drink/frisbee/a cricket set/ beach balls/ kitchen sink.
  • If the car is full using a trailer is a perfectly acceptable option. Attempt to squeeze as many members of the family in the car/ute and head to the beach at first light and NO LATER.  Find your perfect pitch and set up gazebo/tables/chairs/BBQ and stay put for the day. Ensure there are at least 30 of your closest family members with you.

Surfers Paradise beach at Christmas

 

  • Attempt to eat your body weight in seafood.  In Australia you are just as likely to be eating ham and other cold meats, salads and prawns for Christmas than a more traditional cooked dinner. I can only assume if roast dinner is an option in your house the air conditioning will be on full blast!

 

  • My Aussie mates assure me that mince pies, gingerbread, and plum pudding are firm favourites too reflecting some of the more traditional British foods. However don’t forget to include a pavlova for dessert!

 

  • Eat your caramel koala whilst pulling the crackers or as I have found in Woolworths today – your Christmas bonbons!

 

chocolate koalas and bonbons

 

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  • Forget basting a turkey and baste yourself in factor 50 instead!

 

  • Build a sandman!

sandman and a snowman

 

  • If you are home around the pool make sure you jump into the pool fully clothed at least once throughout the day.

 

BBq and the beach in Australia

 


BOXING DAY


The day after Christmas Day is also called Boxing Day in Oz and is a public holiday too. Traditionally this is a day for a BBQ with friends.

For cricket lovers the Boxing Day Test ( a match held in Melbourne every Boxing Day involving the Australian cricket team and an opposing national team) is a must!

For shopaholics this is also the first day of the sales so if you have any dollars left this is the time to bag a few bargains!

Whatever you do this is a day to relax, enjoy the sunshine and the company of family or friends.

 

santa hat on hammock

 


HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM TRACY’S TRAVELS IN TIME


I would just like to take the time to thank you for reading my blog – whether this is the 1st time or the 50th!

This year we are heading to to the Gold Coast for some sun, sea and sand over the festive season and I can’t wait!

Wherever you are in the world this holiday season (or on your expat journey) I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas from Brisbane. 

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Author: Tracy

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She has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

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11 Comments

  1. December 9, 2018 / 4:51 am

    LOL! Looks like you are prepared for the perfect Aussie Christmas Day! In South Australia we can end up with a 45 c degree day of 20 c degree day! When we still lived there we had a huge outdoor entertaining area so we would entertain all the family. We love doing the traditional roast for lunch, but always start of with a seafood and salad starter. Dessert always includes pavlova! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Tracy
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      December 12, 2018 / 10:05 am

      Pavlova is definitely on my menu for this year!

  2. December 9, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    My sister used to live in Brisbane (now in Sydney) and we heard all about the Aussie Christmas. I quite like the Christmas cactus option, will give that one a try! Merry Christmas.

    • Tracy
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 10:04 am

      Thanks Chris! Merry Christmas too

  3. December 10, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    It never dawned on me that perhaps Oz might lack an abundance of Christmas trees! Plastic trees must definitely be the way to go there! #FeetDoTravel

    • Tracy
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 10:04 am

      Yep! Or a cactus one lol! 🙂

  4. December 11, 2018 / 4:09 am

    Ha ha! We have much the same Christmas here in San Diego! We can go to the beach, it might be in the 80s and sunny, and the landscape is full of palm trees. No complaints! Though I would love to experience a “white Christmas” sometime.
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    • Tracy
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      December 12, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Having experienced both I have to say a white Christmas is amazing!

  5. December 11, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Hahaha! You’ve certainly got it covered this year, Tracy! My Dad is a home-brewer so there are always Black Velvets with leg ham on toast for brekky then the quintessential seafood spread and Barby for lunch, leftovers for dinner but I’ve never experienced a lull in the eating times – it just seems to go all the way through. Flights to Adelaide from Dubai are packed this year so we’re off to Moscow for Xmas, quite the contrast. Have a sensational Aussie Beach Xmas, Tracy!

    • Tracy
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Wow Christmas in Moscow that sounds amazing! And yes a million miles away from an Aussie Xmas!

  6. December 14, 2018 / 1:44 am

    Christmas in Australia is awesome isn’t it – a real mix of what we are used to in the UK but kind of not because of the sunshine and BBQ haha. They really do embrace it, which is lovely, it definitely helps you get into the Christmas Spirit … speaking of which -CHEERS! And Merry Christmas to you xx #feetdotravel