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Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia comes in the middle of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from early to mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas. Because it's so hot at Christmas time in Australia, there are quite frequently massive bush fires across the country.
 
Several volunteer bush fire fighters are involved in saving people and property and travel from all over Australia to help in other states. Australians hang wreaths on their front doors and occasionally go out Christmas carol singing on Christmas Eve.

People also decorate their gardens and houses with Christmas Trees and Christmas lights. Sometimes, Neighbours have little competitions as to who has got the best light display. Often, the neighbours visit each other to look at the light displays at night.

Xmas Holidays in Australia

Christmas in Australia is within three days of the highest day of the year therefore we have long daylight hours with warm temperatures instead of short days with long cold nights. Of an evening the sound of children playing outdoors drifts across the suburbs.

It is not unusual to have Christmas Day well into the mid 30 degrees Celsius, or near 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A habitual meal includes a turkey dinner, with ham, and pork. A flaming Christmas plum pudding is added for dessert. In the Australian gold rushes, Christmas puddings sometimes contained a gold nugget.