17 Ways Christmas Is Very Different In Australia Vs America
Deck the halls with boughs of goon sacks.
1. On ugly Christmas sweaters.
USA: Look, we might act like these ugly Christmas sweater parties are ironic or for jokes, but honestly... the sweaters are great.
Australia: We don't really wear them... because it's summer.
2. On holiday attire.
USA: There is no such thing as too much coziness.
Australia: We're probably not going to cozy up, but we can definitely rock board shorts and a singlet… Santa hat optional.
3. On decorating your house.
USA: It's basically a competitive sport, and walking around to look at the lights is a common evening pastime.
Australia: While we're not as decoration crazy as the US we still love a decorated house, just with a little Aussie flair.
4. On snowmen.
USA: For those lucky enough to be in places that have REAL winter, snowmen are the best way to celebrate a white Christmas.
Australia: Christmas means summer and summer means the beach so therefore no snowmen… but we can always try our luck with sandmen.
5. On Christmas treats.
USA: Gingerbread houses, almost too pretty to eat. (Almost.)
Australia: It’s the holiday season so we’ll be treating ourselves to countless choccies out of a Favourites box.
6. On how Santa gets around.
USA: A flying sleigh led by reindeer? Obviously???
Australia: Is it reindeers on the roof... or maybe kangaroos?? Who knows how Santa travels Down Under?
7. On how Santa looks.
USA: Big beard, big suit, and rosy cheeks from that North Pole chill.
Australia: Rare footage of a Santa leaving an Aussie mall, swapping his sweaty boots for a pair of thongs.
8. On Christmas trees.
USA: Traditionalists will tell you that nothing beats the smell of a real tree, but fake trees are just so much easier.
Australia: Once you've got your $13 Kmart tree, you're all set.
9. On Christmas parties.
USA: There is always at least one person trying to maneuver their crush to the mistletoe.
Australia: The only thing we'll be kissing under is a goon bag.
10. On seasonal delights.
USA: Christmas clementines — on the table, or in your stockings.
Australia: Every meal requires a mandatory bowl of never-ending cherries.
11. On Christmas cake.
USA: Maybe we'll have a nice chocolate cake at dessert, but it's really more about the cookies and the pie.
Australia: You can't have an Australian Christmas without pavolva.
12. On festive animals.
USA: What's better than an ugly Christmas sweater? A puppy in an ugly Christmas sweater.
Australia: It's too bloody hot Down Under for our pooches so we keep it simple and cool with a classic tinsel look.
13. On Christmas Eve refreshments.
USA: Nothing is more polarizing than eggnog — thick and spiced and made even better with bourbon or rum.
Australia: When that Christmas Eve heatwave hits, there's nothing better than an icy cold beer.
14. On Christmas Day traditions.
USA: Basking in the glow of the Christmas morning mess — or maybe seeing a movie.
Australia: Nothing says "I got the best Chrissie pressies on the street" than an all-in family water fight.
15. On Christmas Day setting.
USA: Rich reds, greens, and golds, plus festive centerpieces.
Australia: You know you're living your best Christmas life if you're out in the Australian sunshine on Christmas Day.
16. On mandatory table items.
USA: Some kind of centerpiece featuring either a pinecone or a candle (but ideally both).
Australia: No Christmas table is 100% set without the addition of mozzie repellant.
17. On post-Christmas meal activities.
USA: Straight chilling by the fire.
Australia: There's nothing quite like the perfect end to a big Christmas lunch than a lounge on the beach or a float in the ocean.