My northern hemisphere friends are having a hard time believing that we have Christmas in Australia in the Summer. experiencing my first winter Christmas I can somewhat understand their confusion. The sun setting by 5pm makes the lights stand out, and a dusting of snow does make the trees appear more magical. The traditional Christmas foods are more agreeable to the temperature as well. This doesn’t mean Christmas doesn’t work in summer, in fact I think Australia does a good job. I try to explain that we don’t have snow or sleighs, but other things. I have received some Christmas cards from home that I think illustrate this point rather well.
My mum also sent me some lovely cards to give to some friends. The Canadians seem quite taken by our “koala bears” (it is just “koala” people!) and I can understand their infatuation. They are pretty darn cute, especially when in Christmas scenes.
I feel like the Australian answer to the deer are the kangaroo, and maybe the koala is akin to a chipmunk? Canadians might disagree, but they have the cute-factor going on, and they leave in/near trees. Koalas are quite a bit rarer than chipmunks though. Anyway, just because I have been raving about the magic of a white Christmas does not mean I love an Aussie Christmas any less, I am someone full of spirit and cheer no matter what the climate!