For many people, 2014 was an important milestone, as they made the big move Down Under. However, a lot of these migrants won’t have experienced an Australian Christmas before, so what can they expect?
As a leading migration agent in Perth, True Blue is often asked by expats who have already relocated to Australia – whether temporarily or permanently – what they are likely to experience during the festive season. Those who have moved from the Northern Hemisphere are usually the most curious about Aussie Christmas traditions, as they simply cannot picture what it’s like to celebrate the holiday at the height of summer.
While some might find it weird to lie on the beach in 24-degree heat on Christmas Day, you’ll soon get into the swing of things. Migrants from the Northern Hemisphere sometimes have an idyllic view of what a traditional Christmas should be, and the big day itself rarely lives up to expectations.
Roaring fires, robins, snow-covered Christmas trees, turkey and stuffing, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts – while this might be the image in our heads when we think about Christmas, the reality is usually very different. It rains, the turkey ends up bone dry, you have to take 75 per cent of your gifts back to the store and an intense game of charades ends in a mass family squabble.
What we’re trying to say is, it’s not always a bad idea to try something different at Christmas.
With such a diverse mixture of cultures residing in Australia, the country’s festive celebrations really are something special. While it is common for Aussies to eat seafood or fire up the barbecue on December 25th the trimmings.
Once you’ve experienced an Australian Christmas for the first time, we’re confident that you’ll love it and will be more than happy to spend the rest of your Christmases Down Under.
We’ve put together this handy infographic to give you a little taste of what it is like to spend Christmas in Australia.