Australia is a multicultural country and our traditions have in the past tended to come from the country of our origin. We used to celebrate with our Swedish friends on Christmas Eve feasting on gravlax and Swedish meatballs. We drank a lot of schnapps washed down with a beer chaser after singing Swedish drinking songs such as Helan Gar. For me this is an English/Scottish heritage and a tradition is a family gathering for a huge feast of turkey at lunch time on Christmas Day.
For my family which has an English/Scottish heritage we traditionally had a family gathering with a huge feast of turkey, ham and Christmas Pudding at lunch time on Christmas Day.
Santa of course always has found us in Australia.
In the last ten years Australia has developed its own identity and although there are many who still follow the traditions of the country of their forebears there are increasingly more people joining the throngs of people what is quickly becoming an Aussie tradition.
This includes prawns for lunch on Christmas Day either chilled or thrown on the barbie.
Because it is summer many people spend the day at the beach
or where that is not possible towels cooled in the freezer are draped around necks in the effort to cool down. We now even have our own Christmas carols and Christmas Songs.
In response to Paula’s prompt