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Sizzling Christmas in Australia

Looks like Frosty the Snowman won’t be showing up in Australia this Christmas. While the rest of the world freezes during the Christmas season, Australia celebrates it under the scorching heat of the summer sun.

Christmas down under is never white—no glistening snow, no ice-tipped trees, and no jingling sleigh rides. Instead, blue skies and temperatures of 25 to 40 degrees Celsius characterise the holidays, turning Christmas into a sizzling mix of surfing, swimming, and even shopping. Santa Claus in swimming trunks or on a surfboard is a common sight. Families frolic in the pools, flock to the beaches, or play cricket in the backyard.

Carols by Candlelight is a popular Christmas tradition in Australia. Christmas Eve comes alive with choruses of Christmas carols, and the city of Melbourne lights up with tens of thousands of candles held by a throng of people under the clear, Australian sky. This burst of Christmas energy is captured every year on television, and it’s broadcast live to other parts of the world. Echoing this merrymaking are other Carols by Candlelight events in other parts of the country: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle, Hobart, and Geelong.

Kissing under the mistletoe is not something to look forward to down under. Mistletoe is not in season during the summer, and the best you can hope for is some snuggle time underneath the NSW Christmas bush or Christmas bells instead. The usual Christmas decorations, however, do glam up the surroundings—charming Christmas trees with garlands and a star on top and dancing Christmas lights.

Christmas turkey and flaming plum pudding are the stars of the dining table during the holidays. During the Australian gold rush, gold nuggets inside puddings would surprise the sweet-toothed. Today, a little treat is baked inside the puddings, showering good luck to the person who finds it.

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