Christmas is synonymous to the winters, cold, snowfall, fur overcoats, roasted turkey and hot cakes in most parts of the world. However if you wish to witness a stark a difference to the above scenario then head straight to savor Christmas in Australia. It is just the beginning of summers in December and the sun is up dazzling and bright. While the rest of the world is sipping piping hot tea to fight the chill after the Midnight Mass is over, the Australians generally plan an outdoor lunch or a picnic in the beach on Christmas day.
Christmas in Australia is celebrated with the same amount of spirit and enthusiasm as in the rest of the world. Although the total population of this country is very small considering the size of the landmass, it nevertheless is an amalgamating point of various cultures and ethnic groups from all over the world. Each group has contributed towards making Australia a very multi hued nation with different Customs and different ways of observing the same customs.
Christmas in Australia has been celebrated for a very long time. Though the traditions are similar to those in the European nations, a slight variation here and there is seen. The concept of Santa Claus and his giving away gifts are believed here too and people especially little children await his arrival. Exchanging of gifts and greeting cards is very common and people see this day as an occasion to be with family and friends.
Preparations for Christmas in Australia begin many days in advance cleaning the house, decorating and also practicing Christmas Carols. Ever since it was first begun in 1937, the tradition of Christmas Eve Carol in candlelight is being followed with great zeal. Thousands of people gather in Melbourne to witness this event and take part in the singing. The native plant for Christmas is called Christmas Bush with red flowered leaves and this is an essential part of the decorations in every household.
On 25th of December people throng to the beaches for picnic and generally serve cold turkey, ham, salads and seafood among other delicious cuisines.
Getting to Australia
There are frequent direct and indirect flights by major airlines from destinations throughout Europe, North America, the East and Australasia to South Africa.
From the United Kingdom, South African Airways and British Airways offer the most direct flights but there are numerous European Airlines offering the same flight. London to Johannesburg is an eleven and a half hour direct flight and London to Cape Town direct is twelve hours flying time.For more details regarding Christmas in Australia or booking cheap flights to Australia please call our reservation experts on 02079936219 or visit our website http://www.flightsmaster.co.uk. Alternatively you can also send us travel inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org.