Leo and Lupe learned about Australia yesterday in geography classes. "It’s summer in Australia right now! Then people celebrate Christmas like we do?", Leo asks. Lupe has read a lot about it and explains it to her.
The Australians celebrate Christmas at 30 to 35 degrees and bright sunshine. Australia’s midsummer is the end of December, the hottest time of the year. At these high temperatures, not only does the chocolate melt, but the fir trees quickly lose their needles. That’s why most families decorate an artificial Christmas tree. The "fake" plastic trees will be set up on December 15th.
Waiting for Santa Claus
As with us in Europe, the streets, shop windows and houses in Australia are festively decorated with fairy lights and tinsel during the Advent season. Some Australians save themselves the hectic search after this matching gift in the Christmas season. Most do their Christmas shopping at the beginning of December and put it Gifts under the Christmas tree two to three weeks before Christmas. Then the children sneak around the colorful parcels for weeks and try to guess the contents. In other families, Santa Claus does not bring the presents until the night of December 24th and 25th.
Santa Claus in shorts
There are many different Christmas customs on the fifth continent. Many Australians are the most happy on the “Carols by Candlelight” means in German: songs by candlelight. At this event, people light candles and sing Christmas carols together. In large cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, hundreds of thousands of people sit together outdoors and listen to the Christmas orchestras. Santa Claus shouldn’t be missing from the vocals either. But since it’s so hot, he usually wears shorts – shorts.
Very special customs
On December 24, many families eat roast turkey or turkey and the popular "plum pudding". It is a pudding filled with dried fruit and nuts. Before going to bed, the children put a carrot, a glass of milk and cookies for Santa Claus and his reindeer on the doorstep. According to the English tradition, the gift giving is on the morning of December 25th.
The second Christmas day – December 26th – is called “Boxing Day” in Australia. That means something like "gift box day". The name comes from the fact that employees were originally given a gift by their employers that day. Today many Australians spend this holiday outdoors. They meet with family and friends at a picnic on the beach or a barbecue in the meadow and continue to celebrate Christmas together.
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