All About Australian Christmas Traditions

Australian Christmas traditions aren’t just limited to a extra shrimp on the bar-bee and an ice cold Foster’s…though those do have their place

To understand Australian Christmas traditions, you have to understand that Aussies are upside-down, seasonally, in comparison to us Americans. If that’s difficult to process, just imagine going to the beach on Christmas Day.

So, yeah. Maybe things are a little different from what most of us would suspect. They definitely don’t sing “White Christmas” down there, mate!

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Revisit Classic Christmas Literature with the Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The best Christmas literature meets the best Christmas pageant

When Barbara Robinson penned a piece of childrens’ Christmas literature, she had no way of knowing she was writing an instant classic. But that’s what happened: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” skyrocketed off the shelves and into instant, and almost magical, status.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is an extremely short chapter book, probably aimed at second or third grade students. But children and adults alike have enjoyed the tale for more than twenty years. Therefore, it’s a Christmas classic.

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Ukrainian Christmas Traditions

Learn about Christmas traditions from Ukraine

Most people associate Ukraine with Easter, especially eggs, but there are actually many interesting Ukrainian Christmas traditions, too. Areas with a high percentage of people of Ukrainian ancestry accept “Ukrainian Christmas” as a normal part of the year’s celebrations, and many people celebrate the holidays twice — on December 25th and again on Ukrainian Christmas.

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Traditional Christmas Songs: What’s Traditional to You?

Sure, traditional Christmas songs are all part of the holiday package…but what counts as traditional these days?

As far as traditional Christmas songs go, I’m sure that few people would put the Beach Boys’ “Little St. Nick” or “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” by Bob Rivers on their classics list…but I wouldn’t dare bet that nobody would.

See, what counts as a traditional Christmas song varies according to the individual and family. While “White Christmas” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” are all very well and good, this Christmas I’ll also be chanting the traditional Christmas song lyrics of “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.”

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The Comfort of a Traditional Christmas

Have yourself a merry little traditional Christmas…whatever “traditional” means to you

There’s comfort in tradition, and most of us look forward to the traditional Christmas we’ve celebrated since childhood–complete with a traditional Christmas dinner, eaten while surrounded by classic Christmas decorations and all the other traditional things.

But you know what? I’ll bet that you can’t find two families in America who would agree on what all those traditional things are.

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Learn Something New — Christmas Traditions Around the World

Unusual Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas traditions around the world are as different and unique as the country in which they are celebrated. While we may not understand all of these traditions, they are fun and interesting to learn about. Learn some of the Christmas traditions from around the world — You may find some you want to adopt…or maybe not.

Greenland

Instead of getting Christmas candy, chocolates, and pies, Greenlanders have a tradition of kiviak. Never heard of it? To make this special treat, take the flesh of an auk (a bird), wrap it in sealskin and place it under a rock until it decomposes. The treat, reportedly, has a strong odor and tastes similar to blue cheese. Don’t think so.

Portugal

The Christmas celebration starts off with a big Christmas morning meal. This in itself isn’t unusual, but the unusual part comes into play when they set a place for the dead and offer them food. Maybe not.

Yugoslavia

Kids and the parents tap into the fun side of Christmas with this tradition. The second Sunday before Christmas, the children sneak up on their mom and tie her feet to a chair. They yell, ‘Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, what will you pay to get away?’ The mother then gives them each a gift. This repeats the next Sunday with the dad and he too gives them gifts. There’s no day set aside to tie the children up. Hmmmmmm…..possibilities.

Wales

The idea of a good Christmas tradition to some of the good people in Wales is dressing up in a horsehair sheet, putting a horse skull on a stick and parading around in the street nipping people on the head with the skill. The people nipped must pay a cash fine. Sounds like a good way to get in trouble.

Irish

An old Irish tradition that wouldn’t fly too well here in America is that of whitewashing the entire farm — inside and out. The women would scrub all of the walls and the men would follow behind whitewashing. The Irish thought this purified the farm for the coming of the Christ child. A nice Christmas Eve service sounds more appealing to me.

France

A Christmas tradition your children will definitely not want you to start is one that is held by northern France. On the night of December 5th, children are visited by two Santas — Pere Noel and Pere Fouettard. Pere Noel rewards the kids with gifts given on the 6th – St. Nicholas Day, but Pere Fouettard (Father Spanker) gives the bad children a spanking.

Finland

The Christmas season begins on Christmas Eve where everyone gathers at 5:00pm at the cemetery to pay a visit to his or her deceased loved ones. The visitors place candles on the graves and a service takes place. While this may not seem like a very happy way to start Christmas, later on, Father Christmas visits the homes, asks the children if they’ve been good and gives gifts.

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, children receive gifts December 5th but Christmas is celebrated on December 6th. On the 6th of December, Sinterklaas and his sidekick, Black Pete, arrive by steamer. They leave nuts and candy for the children who have been good and have left hay and sugar in their shoes for Sinterklaas’ horses.

Yes, Christmas traditions around the world are a bit different from those celebrated in the United States. Of course, that doesn’t make them wrong… just different. This holiday season; celebrate in a way that makes your family happy and creates memories and maybe… just maybe you might want to add one of these Christmas traditions from around the world.

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Got Some Irish in Your Blood? Learn Some Irish Christmas Traditions and Celebrate

Celebrate your Irish Heritage with these Irish Christmas traditions

If you have Irish ancestry, Christmas is a great time to learn about your heritage and celebrate Irish Christmas traditions. What better way to teach your children about their ancestors and incorporate a few new Christmas traditions into your families’ holiday celebration?

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Tips for Having a Spectacular Traditional Christmas with All the Trimmings

Need tips to pull together your traditional Christmas? Here’s how

Everyone has visions of a picture perfect traditional Christmas at one time or another. If you’ve tried to achieve this picture of perfection with lasting memories for your family before, only to fall short and maybe on your face, here are some tips to help you have that special Christmas dinner for your family and still be able to enjoy it.

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Tired of the Traditional Christmas Colors? Try Something New

Try some new and exciting combinations for Christmas colors this year

Historically, the traditional Christmas colors are red and green. The tradition got its start in the 14th Century, became ingrained in American society and accepted as the colors that represent Christmas. If red and green just isn’t your thing, don’t let tradition stop you. Get creative with some of these new and interesting color combinations.

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Christmas in the Bush — and other Australian Christmas Traditions

You’ve heard of Christmas trees, but have you heard of a Christmas bush? Learn this and other Australian Christmas traditions

If you’ve ever wondered about Australian Christmas traditions and Christmas ‘down under’, wonder no more! Here are some funny, unusual, and exciting traditions that are near and dear to Aussie hearts. Who knows? You may want to start one if these traditions in your home

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