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Reclaiming the Australian Christmas

05 November 2016

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas

It’s hard to believe it is November already! Amidst these feelings of disbelief, I’m also just a little excited about the festive season, but why is it, that aside from the odd surfing Santa, the northern hemisphere seems to have the monopoly on Christmas imagery?

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas: Is Santa inappropriately dressed for the beach or just very sun smart?

Santa: Inappropriately dressed for the beach or just very sun smart? You be the judge.

From snowflakes and snowmen, to sleighs and reindeer, the things we associate with Christmas don’t really represent anything close to the Australian Christmas experience.

Ditch the snowflakes for gum leaves this Christmas

Like many Aussies, I still dream of one day experiencing that white snowy Christmas by a fireplace. My one festive season in London some years ago was more of a grey, sleety Christmas spent eating toasted muesli and sleeping on a wet mattress on the floor of an unheated room which I shared with 3 others (in a house of 8!) after being robbed. Joy to the world!

Now I’m sure it gets better than that – I’ve seen it on TV – but I have found myself wondering lately whether Northerners ever dream of a sun-drenched Christmas. Because really, I think we have the better end of the deal.

As Christmas fast approaches, the weather is starting to warm up (the mercury has just hit 37.6 degrees here on the NSW north coast) and that means… parties!

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas: Look festive as you cook for the hoards in this Australian wildflower apron by Merry-go-round.

Look festive as you cook for the hoards in this Australian wildflower apron by Merry-go-round.

Be it beach picnics, afternoon drinks, BBQs, long lunches, dinner parties, work functions or formal balls, I just love me a party! But I really can’t imagine having to spend all those festive occasions rugged up and indoors… especially the beach picnics. Indoor beach picnics are the pits!

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas: Ditch the snowflakes this year and hang some gum leaves like these ones from the little card boutique.

Ditch the snowflakes this year and hang some gum leaves like these ones from the little card boutique.

So I say, why don’t we, from the land down under, reclaim Christmas, and the imagery that goes with it?

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas: Evoke the scent of Christmas in the Aussie bush for your next Christmas party with this Bush Christmas candle from Bushwalk Candles.

Evoke the scent of Christmas in the Aussie bush for your next Christmas party with this Bush Christmas candle from Bushwalk Candles.

It’s well over 200 years since Christmas was first celebrated in this beautiful country, so surely it’s time for our own Christmas story to be the one that dominates department store windows and adorns gift wrapping paper.

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas: These familiar faces illustrated by Joanne Percy will deliver your season’s greetings to loved ones.

These familiar faces illustrated by Joanne Percy will deliver your season’s greetings to loved ones via the magic of Australia Post.

Rise up and say no to mistletoe and yes to gum leaves and bottlebrush!

Reclaiming the Australian Christmas: Koalas feel right at home in trees. Snowmen? Not so much.

Koalas feel right at home in trees. Snowmen? Not so much. Img: Sally Dixon Creations

What do you love about an Aussie Christmas?



Words by:
Made It Editor, Louise
Editor,

Louise (a.k.a. “Mrs Made It”)

Wordsmith, art & craft enthusiast, and grand-visionary.

  • fourandsixpants

    Great read 😚excellent topic.Thank you xox

  • merry-go-round

    Thanks Louise for including my apron in this feature. Loving the other great selections too!