When it comes to celebrating Christmas day, Australia is quite unique. While most of the world is rugged up sitting by the fire, with the snow creating a wonderful winter wonderland, we are usually outside in the stifling heat!
Families here in Australia, (generally) have cold meats and salads or seafood for lunch, spend the day swimming in the pool or running through the sprinklers and enjoying a game of backyard cricket.
With the big day looming, we thought we’d take a look at how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas:
- Christmas in Germany
The Germans are known for their festive street markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Germans, akin to us Aussies, also decorate their houses with fancy festive lighting and fun Christmas ornaments, however, they don’t put their trees up until Christmas eve.
- An English Christmas
Ah our closest rellies, it seems even though weather wise we are polar opposites, we are yet to shake some traits from our English heritage. Like us, the English also celebrate the festivities predominately on Christmas Day, they also start their Christmas decorating around the same time as us Aussies, which seems to be getting earlier and earlier each year!
- Fancy a French Christmas?
The French are known for beginning their Christmas festivities on the 6thof December which is known as St Nicholas Day, whereby the children are gifted trinkets and sweets. Each Christmas eve the children put their polished shoes in front of their chimney for Father Christmas to fill with more sweets! Christmas day is a day for French families to get together and enjoy a big feast and exchange their gifts.
- Christmas in the Philippines
The Philippines have a long-standing tradition of having Christmas lanterns known as “Parol”. The lanterns are shaped like a star, just like the one that lead the wise men to baby Jesus in Bethlehem. They are mostly made from bamboo and are sold in the local markets in the lead up to Christmas Day.
- An Italian Christmas perhaps?
The Italians decorate their houses with the nativity scene, which to them, is the most important part of Christmas. In Italy, Father Christmas visits on Christmas Day, however, many families do not exchange gifts until January 6, which is the day of Epiphany. On this day they exchange their gifts and wish each other ‘Buon Natale’ which is Italian for Merry Christmas.
However, you celebrate the festive season, we hope that it is one filled with warm hugs, new memories and love.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your endless support this year.My Night Lightconsists of a handful of mums working their arses off to help save your sleep and sanity and turn mermaids into monsters and nightmares into dreams for your little ones.
We would not be your go-to store forchildren’s night lightswithout all of you. So, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! Keep up the great work!!!
Please remember that all orders for Christmas will need to be in by the 19th of December at 12pm Brisbane time. Any orders placed after that will not be sent until we reopen on the 7th of January 2019.
So, from our families to yours, Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
Love Philippa and the My Night Light support team. x
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