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(AUSTRALIA) Christmas News Report: Traditions like Christmas in New Zealand, have many similarities to British, Irish, American and Canadian traditions, including traditional Christmas symbols featuring winter iconography #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – Dec.03: This means a red fur-coated Father Christmas or Santa Claus riding a sleigh, songs such as “Jingle Bells“, and various Christmas scenes on Christmas cards and decorations. However, the timing of Christmas occurring during the Southern Hemisphere‘s summer season has resulted in the development of some local traditions as a result of the warmer weather…..

#AceChristmasDesk says Traditions in common with New Zealand: The traditional Christmas tree is central to Christmas decorations and strings of lights and tinsel are standard. Decorations appear in stores and on streets starting in November and are commonplace by early December says Kindness & Love❤️

An Australian Christmas dessert pavlova garnished with strawberries

Many homeowners decorate the exterior of their houses. Displays range from modest to elaborate, sometimes with hundreds of lights and decorations depicting seasonal motifs such as Christmas trees, Santa Claus, reindeer, or nativity scenes. Particular regions have a tradition for elaborate displays, and attract a great amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic during the Christmas season. This is despite the longer days, resulting in sunset occurring after 8 p.m. in areas with daylight saving.

Most workplaces conduct a “Christmas Party” sometime during December, but rarely on Christmas Eve itself. As many people take their holidays between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and many workplaces completely close for that period, these parties are effectively an end of the year or break-up party and frequently feature little or no reference to Christmas itself. Likewise, schools, TAFE (vocational training), and universities break for summer holidays. Schools typically end in the week before Christmas, to recommence in late January or early February. Following Christmas, many churches will change their evening meetings to a less formal format, while many hobby clubs also suspend or alter their meetings in this period.

In the lead up to Christmas, many businesses and residential houses will be decorated with Christmas lights and arrangements. It is common to drive around of an evening to look at lights from the car, or for families to walk the residential streets to see front yard displays. Some local councils will hold street light competitions, and maps are regularly posted highlighting the best street light displays.[3][4]

On Christmas Eve, the children are told, Father Christmas or Santa Claus[5] visits houses placing presents for children under the Christmas tree or in stockings or sacks which are usually hung by a fireplace. In recent decades many new apartments and homes have been built without traditional combustion fireplaces, however with some innovation the tradition persists. Snacks and beverages may be left out for Santa to consume during his visit, often milk and cookies, or a beer. Carrots are also commonly left for Santa’s reindeer. The gifts are opened the next morning, on Christmas Day.

Families traditionally gather for a Christmas Day lunch. Traditions include decorated hams, roast turkey, roast chicken, salads and roast vegetables. Christmas crackers are pulled before eating. More recently, as appropriate to the often hotter weather of the day, it has become popular to serve local seasonal produce such as cold meats, seafood and salad.[1]Similarly, dessert also includes a mix of traditional winter Christmas food (such as plum pudding with brandy butter, fruit mince pies, and trifle) alongside local traditions such as pavlova,[6] and fresh fruit such as berries and kiwifruit.[1] Candy canes are a popular confectionery for the children’s table during the Christmas period.

Christmas by Michael Bublé re-enters the album charts every year at Christmas time until the new year, generally reaching number 1 or the top 5.[7] Similarly, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey re-enters the singles charts each year until the new year.

As Christmas falls in summer, televised Christmas specials are not a large part of Australian Christmas traditions, unlike in the United Kingdom, in which it is one of the most important days for television ratingsTelevision ratings in Australia are not taken during the summer and schedules are mostly filled with repeats of old programs or previously cancelled shows. Some locally produced programs have a Christmas special, though often it will be shown early December and not on Christmas Day itself. Many television stations rerun Christmas-themed films in the weeks leading up to and including Christmas Day, such as It’s A Wonderful LifeMiracle on 34th StreetNational Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThe Polar ExpressDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and various film versions of A Christmas Carol.[citation needed] Outdoor activities such as street cricket or swimming are popular ways to spend Christmas Day.

Traditions specific to Australia

“The average Australian Christmas” cartoon by Livingston Hopkins (c. 1900) – click to enlarge.

Some Australian songwriters and authors have occasionally depicted Santa in “Australian”-style clothing including an Akubra hat, with warm-weather clothing and thongs, and riding in a ute pulled by kangaroos, (e.g. Six White Boomers by Rolf Harris). There are also a small number of popularly recognised original Australian Christmas songs, including Paul Kelly‘s How to Make GravyColin Buchanan‘s Aussie Jingle Bells and Tim Minchin‘s White Wine in the Sun but these depictions have not replaced mainstream iconography.[8]

The tradition of sending Christmas cards is widely practised in Australia. The price of a Christmas postage stamp is lower than that for a standard letter; senders are required to mark the envelope “card only” when using the lower priced stamps.[9]

Christmas Day and New Years Day are public holidays in Australia, along with Boxing Day except in South Australia. Proclamation Day (28 December) is a public holiday now held on 26 December to provide uniformity with other states.

Local traditions

A float in the 2008 Norwood Christmas pageant depicting Father Christmas’ sleigh on top of Australian-style historic buildings

New South Wales

Carols in the Domain has traditionally taken place in Sydney the Saturday before Christmas Eve exclusive.[12][13] However, since 2016 it has been held on the Sunday next before Christmas Eve exclusive.[14][15]

Special events for international tourists away from their families are held on Bondi Beach in Sydney. These may involve a turkey barbecue and such humorous stunts as Santa surfing in to appear to the crowd.[citation needed]

South Australia

A popular tradition celebrated in Adelaide is the Adelaide Christmas Pageant. This parade is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting crowds of over 400,000 people. Begun in 1933 by the department store John Martins, the pageant is staged in early November every year, usually on a Saturday morning, marking the start of the Christmas season. It comprises a procession of floats, bands, clowns, dancing groups, and walking performers, all culminating in the arrival of Father Christmas.[16]At the terminus of the pageant Father Christmas proceeded to the Magic Cave in the store (the event is no longer sponsored by a department store, and from 2019 the pageant finishes at the Adelaide Town Hall). Smaller scale pageants are also held in regional centres.

South Australia does not have a Boxing Day holiday. Rather, the weekday following Christmas Day being the Proclamation Day holiday. Christmas Eve, from 7:00 pm to midnight is now a Public Holiday.[17]

Victoria

Carols by Candlelight is a tradition that started in Melbourne in 1938 and has since spread around Australia and the world. At the event people gather on Christmas Eve, usually outdoors, to sing carols by candlelight in a large-scale concert style event. The Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight which takes place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Christmas Eve, is televised nationwide and it has become a tradition for many Australians to watch the performance.

Western Australia

The Perth Christmas Pageant has been run in the central business district since 1972. It is organised by Seven West Media.[18]

Between 1999 and 2016, the City of Perth ran an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Since 2017, it has been replaced with the Christmas Lights Trail, in which various Christmas-themed light displays are put around the City of Perth. The event runs from late November to either late December or early January.[19][20]

Here are their 60 Of The Most Awesome Christmas Traditions from Brisbane Kids Report:

I wrote this blog, because as a mum with a young family I think it is important to start traditions for all sorts of special events. It just so happens that Christmas is my favourite time of year and so I begin my search for traditions to help build my own family traditions and in turn help you build yours. Please let us know if you plan to adopt any AND if you have any new ones. These traditions have been gathered through our Facebook page and through my general chattering among friends and the Brisbane Kids team.

Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions 

1.      Track Santa on Christmas Eve using the NORAD app

2.      Place a Gift under the Kmart wishing tree- then place the card you get on your own Christmas tree at home.

3.      New pjs, clean bedding and a bubble bath for everyone on Christmas eve

4.    On Christmas Eve, give the family a fun new board game

5.      Host a Dec 1st Xmas Feast Extravaganza with all the trimmings as a prelude to the big day- also good for those that don’t get to host the big meal. Decorate the tree, watch elf and have a dec 1st feast.

6. Visit the Brisbane Christmas lights.

7.     Make a Christmas playlist

8.     Make cookies for Santa and put out reindeer food on the letterbox… (oats with glitter in it is a fun idea < edible environmentally friendly glitter please)

9.     Watch Polar Express on Xmas Eve

10.   Let the kids stay awake and go to midnight mass

11.   Get green and red handprints from your child- save them as a record in a spiral-bound display book

12.   If you have friends with lots of kids, start a tradition of gifting their family a new Christmas decoration every year.

13.   Drink cold iced chocolates while opening presents. If you are lucky enough to be having a White Christmas (aka not in Australia) then substitute with hot chocolate.

14.   Dad can the kids out to search for the sleigh in the sky while playing secret Santa Music you can find here.

15.   Have a treasure hunt to track down the presents from mum and dad and just put Santas presents under the tree.

16.   Pack tiny presents in MASSIVE boxes.

17.  Put potatoes in the stocking for all the “naughty” times we had in the year”. The bigger the potato the bigger the present u missed out on 

18. Have a real tree (at least once) so the house smells like Christmas

19.   Go into the city each year and have the kids choose a new decoration

20.   All the adults stay up on Xmas eve and have a drink and open their presents at midnight

21.   Take a trip into the city to see the Myer Xmas windows

22.   Dress up in your ‘Sunday best’ for Christmas lunch- even if it only stays that way until the end of the meal.

23.   Make batches of rocky road/coconut ice (whatever) for friends and family.

24.   Have the Christmas photo every year of the whole family, you will thank yourself later.

25.   Whenever you drive around at night play the Christmas lights games which is similar to the Jacaranda tree game where whenever you spot lights you have to yell “Christmas lights” and score points.

26.   Have a Xmas day novelty secret santa- everyone buys a $10 silly present and draw out of the hat to decide who gets what.

27.   All the neighbours get together for a champagne breakfast.

28.   Put a gold/coin surprise in a Christmas pudding for someone to find.

29.   Have a family game of water volleyball/cricket (or whatever) after Christmas lunch.

30.   Make your own bonbons.

31.  Play board games or festive-themed Christmas Games with Kids.

32. Light a candle on Christmas Day for anyone no longer with us

33.  Make sure Santa’s wrapping paper doesn’t match yours (more of a tip than a tradition- but we love it!).

34. Want, Need, Wear and Read Gifts. 

35. A Christmas Eve feast followed by a leftover Xmas lunch where everyone brings a plate

36. Go to a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet

37. Take the dogs to the beach on Xmas day

38. Put the Christmas tree up November 1st and have the Christmas magic in your home for even longer

39. Watch the Grinch on Christmas Eve

40. Let the youngest put the star on top of the Christmas Tree

41. Attempt to make a gingerbread house every year

42. Gift everyone a Christmas mug on Christmas Eve and use for the entire month of December

43. Have stuffed eggs for Christmas Lunch

44.Challenge the kids to do a random act of kindness at some point in the month of December leading up until Christmas

45. Play cards in the afternoon/evening

46. Relish in a hot roast Lunch regardless of the heat

47. Enjoy chocolate for Breakfast

48. Bake something from the past like Nanna’s Trifle 

49. Creaming Soda spiders on Xmas Eve

50. Help out a charity by donating some money or your time for their cause, Christmas can be a hard time of year for many

51. Having the kids make their own bauble every year

52. Read the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve

53. If you are hosting Christmas, get everyone to bring a salad or dessert so you can relax! 

54. Go to church

55. Open one present on Christmas eve

56. Go swimming in the afternoon

57. Make an early batch of Rum Balls…and then several more batches..

58. Head to a local community carols event

59. Bring out the elf and the shelf (or substitute) and have fun moving the elf to different spots every night

60. Give the neighbours novelty jellybeans as a present.

Regardless of the Christmas Traditions you do OR DONT adopt- we wish you and your family the best, the safest and the most magical Christmas you could hope for.

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(ENGLAND) #Christmas News Report: There are many famous and ancient traditions associated with the ‘festive season’ here we highlight some of the key traditions that make it special in the

#AceNewsReport – Dec.03: As some families polish their silver tableware ready for the Christmas day feast, villages and cities hang up their festive decorations and open the doors to a season of Christmas shopping and anticipation for Christmas day.

#AceChristmasDesk Celebrating in the UK: It is the season to be merry and after a hard gruelling year slogging away everyone is ready for this festive season according to a Media News Report:

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What makes a classically English Christmas? Classic poems would probably do a better job of capturing the festive spirit. With so many cultures sharing the traditions of Christmas, it’s tricky pointing out what is truly an original English Christmas. Indeed, it’s fair to say that even regions throughout England have their own quirky festivities – as do Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  So it is worth visiting local tourism or government websites to check what’s on in your area.

Also, England has become increasingly multicultural with families of many faiths, so be sensitive to other’s beliefs during this season. That said, Christmas has perhaps become more of a cultural festival than a religious one in recent years. However, its roots derive not only from Christianity but also Paganism; in northern Europe, pagans celebrated the winter solstice, known as Yule.  Yule was symbolic of the pagan sun god, Mithras, being born.

Let’s look then at some of the top things that make Christmas special in England.

The family

For England, Christmas is a time when all the family tend to come together from wherever they might be. Each family has its own tradition’s. In cases where families are far apart, it is an important decision to decide who hosts Christmas this year.  Panic in the kitchen with Christmas dinner preparations are fairly normal. Family members tend to buy each other presents and put them under the Christmas tree, to open on Christmas day.

Advent

Advent is a word derived from the Latin word ‘adventus’ which means ‘coming’. Western Christian churches celebrate the ‘nativity of Jesus’ at Christmas which also marks the beginning of the ‘church’s religious year’.  Some families put stylish Christmas wreathes on their front door during advent. It is worth dropping into a Cathedral during this season as they tend to be specially decorated – the colours of the altar cloth are white and gold. The music will be equally festive.

Advent Calendar

With origins in Germany since at least the nineteenth century it has been the tradition that at the beginning of Advent  children celebrate the story of Christmas. They do this through opening 24 little doors each day on an illustrated cardboard calendar showing the dates leading up to Christmas Eve. Each window traditionally shows a different illustration portraying a scene from the nativity story. You can also get advent calendars which feature chocolates and Disney characters.

Christmas trees and decorations

Suddenly everyone is selling Christmas trees – or at least that is how it seems. Purchasing the right size is always a moment of concern, how high is your ceiling? Make sure that the pine needles aren’t already falling off when you get it otherwise your vacuum cleaner won’t have much a of a holiday either. You can purchase plastic Christmas tree ‘holders’ which help keep the tree upright, alternatively you can use a bucket and wedge the tree trunk between some bricks, then decorate the base with some cloth. You can always opt for a plastic tree with fake snow.

In days gone by making your own tree decorations was quite common, these days there is so much variety of decorations from baubles, tinsel to fairy lights and numerous others to choose from. Don’t forget a giant start at the top of the tree! Take down the decorations on the twelfth day, though.

Towns across the land usually have a giant Christmas tree placed somewhere in the town center. The Christmas tree is a European traditionthat originates from sixteenth century Germany and was first introduced to England in the early 1800’s and became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Christmas Markets

Thanks to contemporary thinking on events, cities across Britain and indeed Europe have been taken over by Christmas markets making local economies and tourism boom over the Christmas season.  The markets are sometimes called ‘fayres’ which is an old English spelling of ‘fair’. Many cities host arts and crafts fairs and even food markets featuring continental European food. Other events are usually common throughout this season as well.

 Christmas Stockings

So every child is told – that Santa Claus (Father Christmas) visits every child across the world in one night, climbs down their chimney (or other such miraculous means) and leaves a stocking full of gifts at the end of the child’s bed or hanging beside the fireplace. Before Christmas children are typically instructed to write a letter to Santa with a wish list, which depending on the family can involve sending the letter up the chimney.  Famously Santa is partial to a glass of something alcoholic and mince pies – which can be left near the stockings.

Without wanting to dispel any Christmas myth about Father Christmas, for any further questions, please ask a friendly British neighbor or failing that – ask the landlord at your local pub who will be sure to put you straight.
Stockings are available from shops. You can opt for large hiking socks or some people prefer pillowcases.

Christmas Eve

Eve – which famously means the day before something.  On this day children watch carefully for gifts placed under the tree with their name on. In the evening it is very important that children put out their stockings ready for Santa Claus before they go to bed – plus any refreshments they might like to offer Santa.  Some churches and cathedrals do Midnight Mass or a carol service that ushers in the festive season. Families sometimes invite friends over for drinks of mulled wine and mince pies in the evening

Christmas television

Suddenly all the TV channels in Britain broadcast the nation’s best -loved sentimental movies and blockbusters that makes some create schedules. After eating copious amounts of Christmas dinner and as adults drowsily fall in and out of sleep in armchairs, a Christmas movie can be the perfect companion – especially for kids – if they aren’t playing with their new presents.

Santa’s Grotto

In the run up to Christmas shopping malls, theme parks and certain large shops have a Santa’s grotto where parent’s can take their child to visit Santa Claus – and they get a pre-Christmas gift. Famously each year there is a Santa’s grotto in Covent Garden, London. This is also popular in the US and is the subject of numerous movies.

Christmas Carols

Everyone knows Christmas carols. Consider numerous students of English in a distant country being taught a carol by their friendly English teacher. Traditionally carol singers go around villages singing carols – this still happens depending on the village or town. The most obvious place to sing them is in church during advent or on Christmas day itself.  Carols are not to be mistaken for Christmas pop songs – which are playing in every shop you enter during December.

Mulled wine and mince pies

Mulled wine is a heated concoction of red wine and herbs – like cinnamon.  The very smell is evocative of Christmas in England and if you attend a party or even a concert expect to be offered this tasty seasonal drink – accompanied with a mince pie.

Christmas dinner

This is possibly the peak of Christmas day, a time when all the family eats together. Christmas crackers – featuring a silly joke, party hat, and game – are usually on the table and pulled between two people during the meal. The dinner usually features a roast turkey with vegetables, followed by Christmas pudding, then followed by Christmas cake!

There dozens of different variations to Christmas dinner, but usually it is very filling. For some, it means an appointment with the local gym a week later.

Mistletoe

According to Scandinavian tradition, any two people meeting under Mistletoe should kiss. Hence it has become tradition to hang Mistletoe somewhere in the house and couples kiss under it.

Christmas presents

Every family opens them at different times, but usually there is one moment when everyone attacks the horde of presents under the Christmas tree.  A sea of Christmas paper ensues.

Boxing Day

Also known as St. Stephen’s Day and the first of the twelve days of Christmas. Harking back to Anglo-Saxon times (which is a very long time ago) this was a day of giving seasonal gifts – in a Christmas box. It is a shopping holiday, a time when shops suddenly make dramatic price decreases. The shops will literally be heaving with people.

Pantomime

Between Christmas and the early New Year, many theatres put on Pantomimes which often feature celebrities dressed up to entertain. The stories follow the line of traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk or Cinderella. It is normal for there to be a dame (a man dressed up as a woman) who is the clown of the show and who usually has a sidekick being the protagonist, both up against some terrible villain – the audience is always encouraged to participate with lots of boos and hisses. It’s usually great fun and a very silly performance tailored to families with children.

The Queen’s Speech

It is tradition in Britain that on Christmas day the Queen broadcasts a brief message to the people of the Kingdom. The speech is usually broadcast in the afternoon and many families stop what they are doing to listen.

Twelve days of Christmas

Traditionally, the 12 days begin on the 26 December (St Stephens Day) and continue until the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. This period is the Christmastide. A song known for celebrating this period is ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ that begins:

“On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.”

Merry Christmas

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