Marco Polo’s 24 Holiday traditions from around the world – Day 21: Christmas in Australia

It’s Day 21 of our Advent Calendar and Christmas is right around the corner. Christmas isn’t celebrated in the darkest of midwinter everywhere however, which is why today we are headed Down Under, to see how Australians celebrate Christmas. Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check it out here!

White Kangaroo by BrisVegan Street, on Flickr
White Kangaroo” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by BrisVegan Street


In the southern hemisphere Christmas lands right in the middle of the summer season, so in Australia you can forget about a white Christmas or sitting by the fire – unless you are thinking of a roaring BBQ on one of the countless white beaches! Switch your Christmas jumper for shorts and a pair of flip-flops and grab an ice-cold drink, because Australian Christmas is a mash-up of all your favourite summer activities. Think camping, water fights, swimming, and naturally, BBQs. Seafood is a popular choice, and you won’t see a turkey anywhere other than on a platter of cold cuts, right next to the salad bar. Pavlova is the traditional dessert, and it wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without a platter or four of cherries.

Even Father Christmas does things a little different in Australia. Rather than rely on his flying reindeer he arrives by helicopter, or if you can believe the Aussies, in a sleigh pulled by six white kangaroos – boomers as our Australian friends would say. There is even a very popular Christmas song about Santa’s six white boomers. Under the scorching Australian sun it does make sense to give the reindeer a rest, after all, they are better suited for colder climates.

BBQ, beaches and kangaroos, who else would love to spend Christmas Down Under?


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