We all know that an Aussie Christmas has
nothing to do with snow and rugging up in woollen jumpers
and coats, although it isn’t always a hot day!
More and more people are moving away from
the ‘traditional’ hot roast dinner for Christmas and wanting
to have an authentically Australian celebration. Let’s face
it, the hot Christmas dinner works much better in the middle
But how can you make your Christmas
celebrations more Australian than European? Here are some
simple touches for your day…
BBQ lunch instead. Make it a bit special by BBQing
marinated chicken wings, some prawns and fish, gourmet
sausages and steak with garlic butter.
array of salads for everyone to choose from. A tossed
salad is nice, but why not try salads that include
summer fruits (eg mango, avocado, nectarines, apricots)
along with a spicy potato salad, pasta salad, Chinese
chicken salad and Tabbouli.
eat outdoors. Set up big tables outside, or use a number
of smaller picnic tables, or even have everyone sit on
rugs on the grass. The advantage of rugs is that people
are more likely to mingle and move around!
sure you talk about the white boomers bringing Santa,
rather than those poor reindeer who would never cope
with our heat!
some colourful hankies, tie knots in the corners and
wear them instead of the paper Christmas hats.
some gumnuts and gum leaves with paint for Aussie
decorations, and leave the pine cones for winter.
the meal, have a game of cricket on the beach, in the
backyard or a local park. It’s fun and a great way to
work off some of the over eating you’ve just done!
Decorate an outside tree with tinsel and bubbles. It may
not be a good idea to store present sunder an outdoors
tree, but it can still look festive.
the kids, and yourselves, the Australian version of
twelve days of Christmas’ and other carols.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
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