Christmas Decorating Ideas – Aussie style

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by Kristina Keller-Wilczek on July 19, 2010

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for Christmas “down under”

It’s often called “Christmas in the Bush” – and yes, there’s actually a native bush that has little red-flowered leaves. It’s a lovely bush that can be used to make Christmas centerpieces.

Does a Christmas tradition have to involve snow? There is no snow in many parts of Australia as well as where I live in Arizona. People actually go caroling in shorts and sandals. This tradition was started in 1937. Thousands of people gather in Melbourne, Australia to sing traditional carols. Reportedly it’s quite a lovely site on Christmas “July” Eve with all the candles lit and thousands in song around outdoor Christmas decorations.

Christmas carols in Melbourne from visionaustralia.org.au

Christmas carols in Melbourne from visionaustralia.org.au

Did you know that it’s an Australian tradition to put a trinket inside pudding for good luck? During the Australian gold rushes it was tradition to put a gold nugget in the pudding for one person to find and have good luck all year long. The Australians may have one on the English!

The seasons in Australia are opposite of those in the United States. While it’s traditionally colder for us in December, December is pool and beach season for Aussies. If the beach is your quest, Santa Claus/St. Nick have been seen surfing in all their Christmas attire.  However, that doesn’t keep them from breaking out their  Christmas centerpieces and eating the traditional midday Christmas meal of turkey, ham, and all the trimmings.

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