Ah, Christmas. For some of us it means donning every item of warm clothing (ugly or not) that you own and going to bed fully clothed. For others, however, Christmas is the hottest time of the year, and festive cheer is paired with chilled summer vibes.
Both come with their own set of traditions and rituals, but the question is - which is better?
Nourishing soups, hot chocolates, hearty roasts and mulled wine form the basic winter Christmas palette, as well as drool-worthy European sweet treats topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar. I mean…
What would any Aussie meal be without a BBQ? A roast is still traditionally eaten, but with a few local extras – think seafood, and light, fruity pavlova (because it’s just too darn warm for a hot dessert) washed down with an ice cold beer.
In the northern hemisphere, donning an ugly sweater is as much a Christmas tradition as decorating the tree. As wrapping up is essential in snowy conditions, cosiness is optimised and bringing a hot water bottle and blanket to work finally becomes socially acceptable.
Could you imagine trying to wear christmas sweaters, ugly or otherwise, in 40 degree heat? Yeah – ew. Also, forget Santa’s traditional red and fur uniform, and prepare to see old St Nick wandering around in surf shorts and a pair of thongs.
The Christmas Tree
Freshly cut Christmas trees pop up everywhere, ranging from dainty mini trees to huge beasts that turn your living room into a literal forest. The smell of freshly cut Christmas tree is, for us, the smell of Christmas itself.
Traditional Christmas trees ain’t a thing down under, so fake trees do the trick – complete with fake snow, depending on how dedicated your family is. That doesn’t mean a summer Christmas is devoid of festive wildlife; colourful wildflowers that bloom in the Aussie summer are used as pretty decorations.
Christmas Day Itself
With the chestnuts roasting on the open fire and a big old Christmas dinner defeated, the adults crank up the heating while the children work off their food by heading outside to throw snowballs at each other, or catch some sweet sledding action. And no winter christmas is complete without charades, obvs.
Playing in the snow, or snuggling up round the fire? Nah. An Aussie Christmas afternoon is spent chillaxing on the beach in a food coma. Relaxing post-meal and catching a tan? Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
Both types of Christmas have something unique to offer, with their own local vernacular and traditions. Our verdict? You absolutely have to try both. Christmas festivities originated in Europe, but there’s something about enjoying the magic of Christmas while getting your vitamin D fix that will change your idea of Christmas forever…