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December 24, 2010

An Aussie Christmas by Lillian Grant

Filed under: Who we are — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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As the only blog contributor not freezing my way through a winter ice age, I thought it would be interesting to share what it’s like to have Christmas in the summer.

Until the age of 22 I lived in the UK so Christmas was a major event that broke up the seemingly endless months of cold, rain, ice, fog and misery that is a British winter. The long dark evenings were brightened by the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the corner of the room and the big heavy Christmas meal sat well in a body rigid with cold.

Even though I have lived in Oz for many years I still hold on to the traditions of an English Christmas. I am not alone. The rest of the world may think, compliments of Paul Hogan, that the day is spent tossing another shrimp on the barbie or surfing at the beach but in reality, for most people, the day is spent at home sharing the traditions of your ancestors, where ever they came from. You will find many revelers on Bondi beach but they are mostly European backpackers living the Aussie dream.

For those of us with a British heritage the meal is traditionally turkey with way too many roast potatoes and vegetables, followed up with a heavy Christmas pudding made with brandy and lots of dried fruit served with brandy butter and custard then to top it off sweet mince pies. If the day is hot, which looks not to be the case this year, then the house becomes unbearable and your appetite wanes as you lose your body weigh in sweat, but still you stuff yourself to blotation before declaring next year you’ll do something different.

When we lived in Melbourne we would spend the day with an Aunt and Uncle. After dinner we would play volleyball in their swimming pool to work off the calories. This being the only concession to the fact it was summer.

Even though we celebrate a traditional English Christmas it never has the magic it did in winter. The sun sets far too late for the tree to ever truly look good and it doesn’t hold the excitement of a mid winter celebration heralding the turn toward spring and summer.

For me Christmas is a stark reminder of my status as an immigrant transplanted in a foreign land where the seasons are turned on their head.

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  1. Can you adopt me now?

    Comment by Cornelle — December 24, 2010 @ 06:29 | Reply

  2. I can see good bits and bad in your story, Lillian. As a child I remember a Christmas in California much like you describe here. 78 degree weather and palm trees do not a traditional Christmas make. But it is really about the spirit of the season and being close to family and friends. No matter the weather, you have that. Merry Christmas dear heart, to you and yours!

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — December 24, 2010 @ 06:31 | Reply

  3. I’d like to say I’ll be feeling sorry for you when I’m shoveling the walk and driveway today… once the snow stops. But it’d be a lie. The weatherman’s predicting a whiteout Christmas here.

    Truth is, I wouldn’t want it any other way =)

    Merry Christmas, Lillian! Hope your day’s a great one for you and your family.

    Comment by KevaD — December 24, 2010 @ 08:30 | Reply

    • Ack, David, don’t say that!! Miranda’s flying out from O’Hare this morning.

      Comment by practicalkatz — December 24, 2010 @ 08:54 | Reply

  4. Christmas in summer! I’d miss the lights. At least, here in Tucson, it gets dark early enough for the lights to still play a big part in making the season bright. I’ve got to admit, though, a decorated saguaro doesn’t quite evoke the same spirit as a green and fragrant spruce.

    Comment by practicalkatz — December 24, 2010 @ 09:06 | Reply

  5. I grew up in the midwest (U.S.) and I really, really miss the white Christmases. I’m in Northern CA now, and at least it’s cold. The one Xmas I had in Southern California just felt wrong–palm trees, barefoot on the beach, shorts–so Lillian, I know how you feel.

    We’ll make David send us both some snow.

    Happy Holidays to you all!

    Comment by Cherise Sinclair — December 24, 2010 @ 10:58 | Reply

  6. Here in the pacific northwest the cold, rain, and occasional frosty patches are very much like Britain’s winter. Snow is a rarity. The chilly outside does makes us the cheery fire and Christmas decorations. Still a nice walk on a warm beach sounds delightful this time of year. Have a wonderful Christmas where ever you’re celebrating!

    Comment by dangerouslysexy — December 24, 2010 @ 11:52 | Reply

  7. It’s Christmas day here and the weather has decided to turn wet…it looks like I get something of the childhood Christmases I remember.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Comment by Lillian Grant — December 24, 2010 @ 15:25 | Reply

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