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Australians have been sharing their Christmas traditions and blowing the minds of us northern hemisphere dwellers.
For those of us in the UK, Christmas is tied to winter, snow and wrapping up warm, but of course for our pals down under 25 December is slap bang in the middle of summer meaning their celebrations often look very different.
On Reddit, a US resident asked: “I'm from the USA and Christmas has a lot of wintertime traditions. We sing songs about the snow. I think we enjoy a lot of warm drinks that feature peppermint. All the commercials show people wearing sweaters and playing in the snow.
“Do you guys sing songs about surfing or something? Does the media show a lot of commercials of people celebrating Christmas at a BBQ?"
And the Aussies came out in force to share their traditions that help make Christmas special.
One person wrote: "You have to head out to the beach or lake on Christmas morning and then jump in for a swim if you want to open your presents." I think I speak for all of us when I say, I’m very glad we don’t have that particular tradition over here.
Another described an Aussie Christmas as ‘basically the American Fourth of July’ saying that they ‘get p***ed at 10am, eat a f**k-load of meat’ and then when night falls ‘light something on fire’ - sounds like fun.
Someone else said it wasn’t truly an Aussie Christmas without a pavlova, mangos or prawns. No pigs in blankets? Guys, come on.
Fish featured highly elsewhere, as another Aussie said the queue for the seafood market is a ‘mile’ long by 6am.
Keeping with the food theme, someone else commented: "Mangoes, cherries, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, kiwi fruit — all on top of a pavlova. Prawns and oysters."
However, another commenter said: “Christmas dinner is whatever you want it to be. Plenty of folks do a traditional roast, seafood at home or at the beach or park. You can play garbage bin cricket if you want to go outside, maybe board games."
One Aussie pointed out that if you’re fortunate enough to have a pool in your garden then you’ll end up being host, while someone else said a festive water fight is usually on the cards.
And not a snowman in sight.
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