Santa Claus visits Australian children during their summer holidays away from school. The children of Australia enjoy their summer break from mid December through early February. That can explain why you may see Santa arriving on water skis or a surf board.
This gorgeous warm weather is also the reason many tourists visit Australia during Christmas. Visit Bondi Beach in Sydney and you will know what I mean. It is estimated that 40,000 people visit this beach on Christmas Day.
The locals spend Christmas day at a family picnic, with a dip in the family swimming pool, and/or playing fun outdoor games (sometimes at the beach). Most families enjoy a Christmas Lunch, rather than dinner. While turkey can still be found on some tables, many Australian families serve seafood and steak. It is common to see (and smell) backyard barbeques grilling the Christmas Lunch.
Front doors are adorned with wreaths. Houses and gardens are decorated with beautiful lights and a Christmas tree.
Christmas Bush is also used for decorations. This is a tree that is native to Australia. Its green leaves and cream colored flowers are beautiful. However, in the summer these flowers turn red and make for a festive Christmas decoration.
Christmas Eve is spent singing carols. Melbourne may host the largest Carols by Candlelight crowd. Tens of thousands of people gather to sing. The people hold candles and the scene is spectacular.
We can’t mention Christmas celebrations without noting Boxing Day. December 26th is a national public holiday in Australia. This is a day to visit family and friends. Major sports events take place (or at least begin) on Boxing Day. The Australian National cricket team plays at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Also, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race starts on Boxing Day. These are huge events for Australia and dominate the television channels. Many people enjoy the post season holiday shopping sales as well.
Merry Christmas, mate!