It might be true that Australia is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas. Aussies get really excited starting October, where almost all the shops play at least two songs on repeat Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You; and Wham’s Last Christmas.
A survey of 2000 people from the US, Britain, and Australia conducted on behalf of Aldi supermarkets discovered that Australia was seen as the best top country of the three to celebrate Christmas. Britons and Americans both accept that sunny, casual Christmases are higher to their own.
If you’re planning to celebrate Christmas away from home, you may want to consider heading to Australia, and you will definitely make it a Christmas you will treasure for a lifetime. You’ll have fun learning the traditions of other places and cultures and discern the holiday with new eyes. Here are some of the reasons why having Christmas in Australia is going to be a unique experience for you.
You’ll love the summer breeze
You won’t be needing your mittens or woolen scarves, an Australian Christmas is just nearly the same with outdoor dining, bare feet, and the warm, summer breeze. If you hate the cold season and love summer instead, you’ll be in paradise here. If you want to escape the cold, one word: Australia.
Break the usual snuggling by the fire every Christmas celebration and hit the beach on Christmas morning instead! If you’re staying near the coast, most people head out for an early morning swim. This has been a long time tradition by most Aussies. One of the best beaches you can visit is the Bondi beach in Sydney which is one of the most in-demand locations for beachside celebrations.
Plates of seafood on the menu
Although there are some Aussies that still prefer to maintain the tradition of preparing a hot English roast for Christmas lunch, expect that you’ll most probably find salads, cold meats, grilled seafood taking the superior place on the menu. You can switch the hot mulled wine for a chilled, crisp white. And of course, for the finale, you may want to replace the plum pudding with a pavlova laden with plump berries instead. Yum!
Open your presents earlier
Because of differences in time zones, Aussies are most likely the first people in the world to get their presents opened on Christmas morning. They have 11 hours ahead of Londoners and 16 hours before New Yorkers! Australia is the perfect place to be for kids and if you want to turn into a little kid again who’s excited to open his presents.
No more post-Christmas depression
Sometimes the cold weather and dark days can be a bit depressing once December is over. After that, there is nothing exciting to look forward to, just the icy weather. But if you’re in Australia, there are no post-Christmas sadness that you’ll get. People there got many long summer days ahead, full of beach trips and barbecues. Amazing right?
You get to wear ugly knitted Christmas jumpers
You might think that this is funny but if you really want to get the spirit of Christmas into your body and soul, you should try getting around in an ugly Christmas jumper! Even if these jumpers are a favorite tradition in the colder climates, Australians do not exempt themselves on this.
Don’t think that they’re ugly for people to buy, because most Christmas jumpers are sold out in just 48 hours. Plus, you’d really feel that solidarity with others during the celebration.
This article is written by Ivandrea Ollero, a resident writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s contemporary luxurious hotels that also offers a great historical experience for tourists. Ivandrea provides hotel tips and hacks for a blissful best vacation.