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Aussie Christmas Tips

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 of winter!

But how can you make your Christmas celebrations more Australian than European? Here are some simple touches for your day…

Have a BBQ lunch instead. Make it a bit special by BBQing marinated chicken wings, some prawns and fish, gourmet sausages and steak with garlic butter.

Have an 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.

Plan to 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!

Make sure you talk about the white boomers bringing Santa, rather than those poor reindeer who would never cope with our heat!

Get some colourful hankies, tie knots in the corners and wear them instead of the paper Christmas hats.

Spray some gumnuts and gum leaves with paint for Aussie decorations, and leave the pine cones for winter.

After 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.

Teach the kids, and yourselves, the Australian version of
‘the 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 business, as well as doing other business documentation projects. You can see her site and services at





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