Australian Christmas - How it's just Different?
At Christmas Time in Australia, it is a time of energy and enthusiasm where the everyday shackles of restraint and subtlety go out the window. Christmas is the time when you might see people doing the things they don’t otherwise do. It’s a time of unbridled joy and indulgence – people deliberately go out of their way to make things extra special. For example, you may notice people driving around with reindeer horns protruding from their car windows, or affixing santa and his helpers to their roof – it is a time of vibrant celebration and widespread relief that another year has been successfully completed.
Being a summer time occasion doesn’t really dampen the spirits and liking for the traditional Northern Hemisphere accessories like fake snow, wreaths and head wear. But it is worn in a sense of knowing that the warming clothes and extra layers are entirely unnecessary here in Australia.
As a part of the seasonal spirit, all organizations and businesses hold some sort of informal Christmas Corporate get together – to share their spirits and celebrate the completion of another year.
My Fave Australian Christmas Events
Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne
Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights
Mandurah Community Christmas Pageant
Redlands Council Christmas by Starlight
Sydney’s Carols in the Domain
Traditionally Christmas is the time when family vacations and holidays are taken – and as children enjoy at least a six to eight week hiatus from school – all the holiday resorts and family destinations are filled with relaxing parents, grandparents and children.
Australian Christmas - The Reality
Australians like to see themselves as Beach loving and knockabout individuals who shirk the traditional expectations and go their own way.
In reality, living at the end of a maze of cul de sacs in the outer suburbs of Sydney means the beach is actually a good two hour drive away and navigating all the frenzied traffic makes “Just going down to the beach” something of a luxury. The soft option is to sit back and watch the cricket with the air conditioning on and give the children some sort of screen to interact with.
Many families opt for a long journey up north to the coastal playground where they can rent a space and live like carefree beach-goers for a few days or a week. It means towing a caravan long distances or slogging it out through the seasonal traffic – but people still do it our of some sense of missing out.
If, like many Australians, you wish to connect with some of your friends and family from a distance with something more concrete than Skype or a gift card – you can’t go wrong with choosing a Gift hamper from the Home of Australian Gourmet Hampers.
Australian Christmas - For Children
Murdoch Christmas Stories
Melbourne Christmas MFC party
Christmas Children’s Party
Christmas Around the World
Australian Christmas - Gift Baskets
We have a proud history of offering local farmer’s produce Christmas hampers for sale and shipping them all over Australia for delivery in time for Christmas. Don’t think we can’t cater for your corporate Christmas Occasion – although we do insist you choose a luxury or premium hamper option as making Christmas Hampers to too small a budget makes us look bad.
Hunter Valley Hampers can ship Australia wide and include your own special take on what makes Christmas special for you or your organization. As we hand-make all our gift baskets to order – you can be assured you will be getting exactly what you choose. Choosing the Australian Christmas Hampers specialists at Hunter Valley Hampers is simply when you want quality, experience and reliability.