8 ways to know you’re having a real Aussie Christmas

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Snow, big comfy woollen sweaters, scarves, hot cocoa…

If this is the kind of Christmas you’re used to, then you are in for a big surprise for your first Australian one. We’re here to help you navigate what could be a very unfamiliar festive period compared to what you’re used to, so here are 8 ways to know you’re having a real Aussie Christmas.

1.     IT’S HOT!

If you’re from the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas in Australia can come as quite a shock. You’ll be swapping wooly jumpers and scarves for shorts and thongs, and the thought of sitting around a fire drinking warm cocoa seems like a crazy idea. Eat an ice block, jump in the ocean, embrace it.

*Which brings us to point 2.

2. YOU’RE CONSTANTLY NEAR WATER

One of the best ways to beat the heat is to get cool at the beach or in a pool. For those of you with pools at your Atira property, make use of it! Alternatively, go on a road trip and make a day of it by going to the beach or visiting natural pools in the forest. If you’re really desperate, there’s always the Aussie favourite “inflatable pool.

3. PEOPLE KEEP OFFERING YOU PRAWNS

Something happens to Aussies in December. A switch flicks in their brain. They want prawns, and they want you to want prawns. For those who aren’t used to being offered prawns (shrimp) by the bucket load, this may seem like a strange custom. We love our seafood, and it’s the right time of year to enjoy it, so feel free to have your fill of prawns and other delicious local seafood on offer.

4.     DO YOU LIKE PAVLOVA?

The humble pavlova has been a bone of contention between Aussies and Kiwis for many years on who was the originator of this dessert dish. It doesn’t really matter, it’s delicious, and there’s a good chance any Christmas gathering you go to will have one or two pavlovas laying around.

5.    YOU FIND YOURSELF PLAYING BACKYARD OR BEACH CRICKET

If you’re attending a backyard or beach barbecue, there’s a 100% chance you’ll be roped into a game of cricket. Join in the festivities of this time honoured Aussie tradition, have a bat and a bowl, and spend the rest of the time fielding one handed (with your soft drink in the other of course).

6.     CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND CAROLS

You may find yourself driving around neighbourhoods you’ve never been to before to see the Christmas lights,  and may even come across Carollers belting out holiday favourites, which is a fun night out and really spreads the magic of Christmas.

Click the links below to discover some of the official Christmas events occurring in our cities.

Brisbane

Adelaide

Melbourne

7.    BARBECUE

All those involved in our Res Life activities already know about the Aussie love of Barbecues, but Christmas time really sees them ramp up. If there’s no event on, make your own, invite some friends, and spread some Christmas cheer.

8.     CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Home Alone! The Santa Clause! The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! Home Alone 2! When it comes to Christmas movies, you’re spoilt for choice, and you’ll no doubt find yourself spending several hours in December watching some Christmas favourites. We’ve already compiled a list of Top 10 Christmas moves to take out all the hard work.

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