Christmas in Australia reflects the diverse cultural background and history of the people who call this country home. Many families share a lunch or dinner on Christmas Day. For some, this means a traditional Christmas meal with hot meats, vegetables and Christmas pudding. For other families, the weather brings out a desire for a more casual affair, and meals like seafood or a BBQ or picnic outdoors are popular choices. Parks, gardens and beaches are full of families on Christmas Day, with many enjoying a game of cricket or football after their Christmas meal.
Presents are shared on Christmas Day, and lots of families are woken by the happy shouts of children racing down the hall on Christmas morning to see what has appeared under the tree during the night. For young children, there is also the excitement of checking to see if Santa has eaten his mince pie or biscuit, and whether the reindeer ate their carrots.
Lots of families establish their own traditions on Christmas Day, with some taking on the religious or cultural customs of their country of origin, and others choosing their own unique activities to celebrate the day.
What are some of your unique Christmas traditions?