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Monday, 8 December 2008

A Warm Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere

Australians celebrate Christmas in the heat of early summer and it has an impact on the way they celebrate Christmas.

At Christmas houses in Australia are decorated, greetings cards are sent out and the
usual carols sung. Christmas trees are put up in homes, schools and public places, and children anticipate Santa Claus. On Christmas Day family and friends gather to exchange gifts and enjoy special Christmas food.

Many Australians spend Christmas out of doors because of the heat.
It has become traditional for international visitors in Sydney to go to Bondi Beach where up to 40,000 people visit on Christmas Day.

Australian children grow up enjoying traditional Christmas stories such as Clement Clarke Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Charles Dickens.' A Christmas
Carol, but children's authors and illustrators are beginning to create truly
Australian children's Christmas literature.

One favourite is Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and Aussie Night Before Christmas by Yvonne Morrison.

With just a few days left, everyone is beginning to get ready for the "silly season," as the children call it in Australia.

Everyone is busily planning Christmas break-up parties.
Children are writing letters to Santa Claus. Decorations are being set up. Shopping centres and malls are experiencing record breaking crowds.
In homes children are helping to decorate the family Christmas tree.

We have yet to follow the American ritual of getting "real" Christmas trees......though some do use gum tree branches.
Children are learning Christmas Carols so that they may be sung at festive occasions such as public "Carols by Candlelight" and school concerts.

Christmas stockings are being hung in homes....though fireplaces are in short supply. Cards galore are being written and posted.

Want a great stocking stuffer idea? How about a men's cross pendant. Part of the
Janeo Jewels Men's Silver Necklace collection. Or a funky bracelet with rectangular links.

Congratulations to Hani Wyatt (Surrey) and Julie Carne (Cambridge) yesterday's winners.

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Do you think your country has wacky/fun Christmas traditions? Do you have an idea for presenting gifts of jewellery on Christmas Day?

Share it with us and your country or idea will be featured in the next post.

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  • At 9 December 2008 at 05:04 , Blogger myz said...

    In the UK Dec 26th is Boxing Day and it has lost its tradititonal valaue...originally meant as a way of donating annonymously to those less fortunate- referring to a traditional clay artisan box in which people put money over the year andd hen employees would break he box day after xmas ans share the spoils; now its just a day to lose oneself in the 'boxing day sales'. wouldnt it be nice to see a return of the 'box' maybe in a jewelry fashion? Maya

     

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