At this time of year, I start reading and hearing about the wintry Christmas experiences all my friends in the northern hemisphere are gearing up for. And we start to sing songs even down here in Australia that feature snowmen (something many Australians have never had the pleasure of creating!) and warming yourself by the fire ... yet Christmas falls right in the middle of summer for us and it's not unusual here in Perth to have temperatures around the century mark or even higher.
|Cooling down during an Aussie Christmas|
As for food, I know some Australian families still do a more traditional-style meal (traditional being what the English brought here when they colonised us, but which means people spend hours in a hot kitchen when they really would rather be in the pool) - but in my family and many others I know, seafood is a big winner. When we head to my mother's place, she knows that most of us adore nothing better than a big plate of prawns!
And over at my father's side of the family, guess what? Prawns too! The focus wherever we are tends to be on finger food, buffet-style meals and lots of stuff that just needs to be pulled out of the fridge and laid out on the table - so that nobody has to get too hot and sweaty during the heat of Christmas Day.
I must admit that after spending several Christmases in Europe, including my favourite-ever Christmas in Finnish Lapland, Christmas in Australia just doesn't really seem quite right any more. A "real Christmas" should involve snow, or at the very least cold, grey weather made bearable by the excitement of the season. As soon as we consider our toddler old enough to make the long flight to Europe again (it was so easy the first time!) I think I'll be very tempted to arrange a German Christmas.
What are your family's Christmas traditions - and the important part of that, of course, is what do you eat?