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Question 1 – So what does a traditional Aussie Christmas look like for you?

My Aussie Christmas has always been based on long-standing traditions that have been around for almost half a century. On Christmas Eve, we attend the Christmas Parade down the main street of our small beachside town in Tasmania, home for our once-a-year Fish and Chips and then outdoor in to the brisk night with our beanies and scarves for Christmas Carolling on the edge of a cliff near our home.  Even though my brother, sister and I are in our late 20s, we leave out carrots, milk and cookies for Santa and his reindeer and the following Christmas Day involves 3 traditions that as usual, revolve around eating. Breakfast of cold eggs and ham with one part of the extended family (don’t ask, it’s a tradition from my great great grandfather’s era!), lunch with another and dinner with another.  Boxing Day usually consists of the traditional leftovers and backyard cricket. 

After marrying my husband Adam, we now take it in turns each year to do a Tasmanian Christmas and a Manly New Year and visa-versa…it can be hectic, fattening and tiring but is always such fun!
Question 2 – What is your favourite thing about an Aussie Christmas?

Backyard cricket after Christmas lunch wearing the bon-bon paper hats and with a glass of bubbles or sangria in hand (the non-catching hand of course!)
Question 3 – Have you even spent Christmas anywhere apart from Australia?

Whilst we make the trip over the ocean each festive season, its still very much an Australian Christmas!
Question 4 – How do you try to include Jesus into your Aussie Christmas?

We always try to pack out our Carolling song sheet with Christmas hymns so our family and friends can belt out praises to Jesus (often with them unaware!).  When hosting a Christmas meal, we love to thank and praise God before we eat.  We also have started to have a great reflection time the week after Christmas with my family where we share our struggles and adventures of the previous year and dreams for the next and take the time to pray for each other.  It ends up being a full 10 hours of sharing and praying and when your family is all over the country, our Christmas traditions are a great way to keep connected.

Grace Lever, 28/11/2013