I have received many emails regarding Christmas in Australia and endeavour to acknowledge each one on this page.
Please do not hesitate to send me an email with further queries or suggestions for the pages. It has been the in-depth questions that have added the extra information to what was a very basic page at the start. If an email contains a link it indicates that the subject has been included in the main page of Christmas in Australia because of that email.
6 August 2015 - From Michael`
Hi, Just came across this lovely song. .again..
I was a founding member of the Irish Drovers and with them for nearly 20 years ...it was great to hear the song once more. ..many happy memories.
NOTE - He is refering to Christmas In Australia
15 Dec 2014 - From Edwina
While looking for the lyrics for a few Australian Christmas Carols I came across your site.
What a beautiful place you have created! Really truly so much work and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through all the information with my children.
The internet is such a wonderful place to give those who don't live in major cities access to information. Thank you for creating such a space, and your continued efforts to celebrate Australian culture. Happy Christmas
3 Jan 2013 - From Caroles
Hi, I just discovered your web site and I love it. Thank you for creating it.
I was born in England but emigrated to Australia in 1961 as a baby.
We have always had the traditional hot Christmas roast lunch, with home made sausage rolls, mince pies and pudding Usually made a year before.
I love the tradition even though it's me now that has to swelter in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, but that is where the 'Englishness' ends. I couldn't imagine it being cold at Christmas no bbqs, no street parties, no Christmas light displays, no sitting on the front lawn Christmas Eve waiting for the CFA truck with Santa throwing lollies.
I love the Aussie Christmas songs and stories that I share with my children. In all I love Australia and we should stand up and be proud of our country and stop copying other countries on the other side of the world!
5th December 2012 - From Alana
Hello, I am an Aussie girl who is now living in Finland and I am currently an assistant teacher with a kindergarten group. I came across your website while trying to find some information to help me with teaching the children about Christmas in Australia and I have to say that it was so helpful.
Just wanted to let you know. Thank you.
7th December 2011 - From Smiley2
Hi, I found your website quite by accident when I typed something into Google and I must say what a great job you have done. I have bookmarked it for future use, thank you so much it brought back a lot of happy memories from when I was a kid growing up in country NSW.
We always went to nan and pop's house for a hot Christmas lunch and yes nan killed her own chooks, ducks and turkeys plus dad and pop killed the pigs.
Bye for now. Smiley2
8th June 2011 - From Paige
hi my name is Paige and I am a yr 6.
I have a project and cant find any good information on Christmas.
if you could tell me some sites or even tell me why it is so important that would be greatly appreciated
p.s please send it to me by Tuesday thank you
You will find all the information you need about Christmas in Australia at
I trust this helps you.
10th June 2011 - From Paige
thank you soo much
And you wonder why I maintain this web site. This little contact and the one at are the reason I keep it maintained.
6 November 2010 - From Hazel |
Hi there Tom
Thank you so much for the very informative site I have recently
discovered. I am sending the song from your site, The twelve days of
Christmas (First Version) to my family reunion in England.
Thank you Tom. Keep up the good work I will be on your site again for a lot more info as there is lot’s to have fun with.
11 Dec 2009 - From Jed |
I have a question about Christmas in Australia, but before I ask I
wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your website. I was
wondering what traditional foods are enjoyed for Christmas. Dinners and
desserts. Thanks for your time.
7 Dec 2009 - From Tash|
You have certainly created a comprehensive website! I know how it can
start as something small and work itself into something large,
especially when you like helping people.
I was viewing your 'write to Santa' page and very much enjoyed the
application for a Santa visit - especially the reduced number of gift
requests for 'bad' behaviour!
23 Nov 2009 - From Heather, A Teacher in USA (Kentucky)|
I hope this day finds you well.
I am so thrilled to find your website. Our school is planning to do a
Christmas around the world theme soon and I would like to use some of
the information from your website; will that be OK?
I will let you know how it goes, if you are interested. Have a great day!
My reply - Feel free to use any material on my pages. Tom
12 Dec 2008 From: Amanda |
GI-DAY. I am an Australian who has now been living in the UK for the
last 8 year's and I am pleased to have found your web site so that I
can teach my children the Aussie carols that I forgot as I'd like them
to learn about their Aussie heritage as well as their British one.
Looking round your site was a trip down memory lane, I do miss a good
old hot Aussie Christmas, and Australia it's self, the UK just ain't the
same and the Brit's don't always understand what I'm saying.
Thank you for helping to make the Australian tradition known to every one all round the world.
HOOROO from a true blue Aussie.
17 January 2008 From: Tim |
A fantastic website. It is great for us immigrants to appreciate the background to the
10 January 2008 From: Crystal
I just wanted to thank you again for all of your assistance with our
project. He is back at school and he informed me yesterday that he got a
100 A+. So we owe it all to you and your website. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
20 Dec 2007 From: David
What an excellent web site. Well done and thank you.
17 Dec 2007 From: Crystal, School teacher, Mississippi, USA
I have searched your website and I have found a lot of useful
information on Australian traditions at Christmas time. Thank you for
your awesome website.
29 Nov 2007 From: Jonnene, Switzerland
Thank you for your website, it's fantastic. I moved from Sydney,
Australia to Switzerland, 6 years ago and I've now got friends from
Europe asking me 'What's Christmas is like in Australia'. I did a
search on the net and bingo! your site popped up.
I'm coming home this year for Christmas. After looking at your website, I CAN'T WAIT!
I've sent your link to all the Europeans that wanted to know 'What do we
do down there for Christmas? Is there snow? What do you eat? What kind
of songs do you sing? and do you really have BBQ's in the cold?' (I've
had some really odd questions!).
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Cheers
16 Oct 2007 From: Labhaoise, Hong Kong |
I came across your site at work here
in Hong Kong when I was looking for Australian lyrics to use in Chinese
schools to illustrate our cultural adaptations. It's great!
19 Dec 2006 From: Lyn, NSW |
Congratulations on your lovely site. I've only been in Australia for 11
years now and I still miss my English Christmas celebrations in the
snow/freezing cold! My (sadly now departed) mum always did the full
English Christmas dinner from scratch, I don't think she knew how to use
a can opener and we never had a freezer..
In reference to December 2006, Tracey wrote from Tamworth about the
wishing, no, it wasn't invented by her mum to make her eat the pud, it's
a very old English tradition and is still upheld in many English
households, the stirring of the pud by all members of the family, then
the wishing as you eat the first bite, with a special wish going to
whoever finds the, silver sixpence, or "threepenny bit". I've managed
to keep a silver sixpence in my Christmas fare tools for just this
When I first came to Australia I did attempt to do the full Christmas
dinner (more for my mums benefit), but after a couple of years it was
just to hot!... We've since adopted the Australian style of fresh
seafood starter, apricot and honey glazed ham or apricot stuffed turkey
(cooked on the barbie of course) and salads, one each provided by
various members of the family. I've made several varieties of,
Christmas Cake / Pudding, one of the most popular being the ice cream
mixed up with nuts, fresh and dried fruit and alcohol as per classic
pud, Shaped into a ball and, iced, with plain vanilla ice cream and a
sprig of plastic holly!
This year it's to be a classic Yorkshire Vinegar Cake, one of my mums heirloom recipes, for the Christmas Cake, in her honour.
Something I don't see often in Australia is the, Boxing Day Lunch. This
is Turkey leftovers, with a ham, and other cold meats served with
pickles, chutneys and salads and, for some reason I remember, hard
boiled eggs. This was followed by the classic sherry trifle, more mince
pies and watching of the TV.
I love the Christmas lights displays which as far as I know is unique to Australia, I've lived all over Europe and I've never seen displays taken to such lengths by ordinary householders.. There used to be a whole suburb near us (Chipping Norton, NSW) where serious lighting was done by almost every house. Thousands of people would walk and drive around, it was absolutely magic, they've stopped now unfortunately.. there are still some very good displays, but I've yet to see one beat
Again, thanks for your great site. It is difficult not to
feel,disappointed, by the lack of snow, the heat, etc... in an Ozzie
Christmas, but then there are the street parties, having the neighbours
over for drinks, the fabulous seafood, the light-shows, the swimming
pool, and of course warm feet and fingers!
Another uniquely Australian tradition, Each year someone (I'm not sure who) drives around in a decorated Holden ute with a Santa in the back in full dress handing our lollies to the kids in the street, maybe it's local to Milperra, but friends say they remember similar in their childhood suburbs.
11 Dec 2006 From: Tracey, Tamworth, NSW |
What a wonderful site. I have passed on the address to my teaching friends for use in the classroom.
5 Dec 2006 From: Mary |
I am a teacher and love your web page. A fabulous website that I share
with my many international friends plus there are a lot of us homesick
Aussies out here.
1 Dec 2006 From: Richard C. Obach|
A friend sent me "Christmas in Australia." In January of 1966 I hopped
a German freighter out of New York city and worked my passage to
Sydney. Two weeks later I was in the bush hunting rabbits with a light
and silenced .22 rifle. We got a shilling a rabbit.
I worked on two different rail-road gangs, one in the suburbs and one in
the rainforest. I cut sugar cane and got $1.00 a ton (green cane).
Worked as a cook on Brampton Island, in a fertilizer plant, a roustabout
on a sheep station a long way north of Perth, a prospector, on a cattle
station in Victoria, a "Mr. Whippy" driver in New South Wales.
The best (and most famous job) was a deckie on the first big game marlin
boat in Cairns, Captain George Bransford's "Sea Baby." I caught the
first "grander" marlin in the history of Australia and the first grander
black marlin on #80 line in the world. If your not a fisherman you
would not know of this. This past September I was invited back to
Australia after 40 years.... My flight and hotels were paid for by the
Cairns game fishing club and (mostly) "Bluewater" fishing and boating
magazine. It was a dream come true and I enjoyed the second greatest
adventure of my life. I traveled (1966) through all 6 states and
visited every capital city but Darwin, because the road was washed out
north of Tennant Creek.
I read where you started collecting Australian stamps in 1960. I
started about 1954.... Australia soon became my favorite country and I
dreamt on how it must be like.... little did I or anyone know that in 12
years I would be on your magnificent soil.
I love your country and when I was out fishing in the largest tournament
ever held in Queensland this September.... and one of the top five ever
in your country, I brought home to the USA water from the marlin
grounds off the Great Barrier Reef.
Well, I wrote more than expected and I sure hope this email does not
come back as undeliverable. God bless you and your family and the
great country of Australia. Merry Christmas and a wonderful year of
1 Dec 2006 From: Laura, Phoenix, Arizona, USA |
I had to drop you a line to tell you how much I enjoyed your website
about an Australian Christmas and all that it entails. I am a complete
Christmas maniac and it is always a treat to learn how my favorite
holiday is celebrated internationally.
You answered a lot of questions that Americans commonly have about
Australians and Christmas (and yes, there are those of us who are
intellectually curious that way). For instance, Christmas trees. We
are always taught here that since your summer is our winter, you did not
bother with Christmas trees. We were also always taught that you did
not recognize Santa Claus, only Father Christmas. And, of course, it
blows your Garden Variety American's mind that you go to the beach on
Christmas Day. For us, that's the kind of treat one would get if Santa
Claus left airline tickets to Barbados under the tree!
Of course, you reinforced some fallacies that Americans cherish, Father
Christmas doesn't use white kangaroos in lieu of Dasher, Dancer,
Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, does he?
I like your site very much and whether or not I hear from you, Merry Christmas. Peace on Earth in 2007.
23 Dec 2005 From: Jess|
I would first like to say your website is wonderful. I am Australian
myself and it is great to let others from around the world know that not
everyone has a frosty Christmas.
I would just like to let you know however, that where I come from, I do not know of anybody that has live
Christmas trees. For my entire life, myself, my friends and family use the same 'artificial' pine
Christmas trees every year. In fact, it has grown to be apart of our family!
Wishing a merry Christmas to everyone. Stay Cool!
5 Dec 2005 From: Donna |
Just checked out the Santa's Visit Application form, love it.
Just needs a couple of corrections on the spelling down the bottom of
the left hand column, "centimetres" is spelt wrong. I realise that you
are probably a very busy person, and that you probably don't get a lot
of time to edit, what you get.
Anyway, love the web site, it's a great source of information and fun to read.
30 Nov 2005 From: Doti, suburbs of southern Sydney, NSW |
hiya Tom, read your internet site about Australia and Christmas
traditions. As a 5th generation Aussie I can say it was very
interesting and pretty close to the core, except for the part about
Santa sacks, which of course you were corrected on.
The only exception I can see is where you say that only 10% of people
have door wreaths. I'm not sure what area you live in but where I'm
from, the beach suburbs of southern Sydney, the majority of people have
always had door wreaths, from the time I was a child (late 50's - 60's)
most homes had a wreath on the door, and it's even more so now!
Also one of the other biggies of Christmas is the sound of cicadas on a
hot day, all part of the process of growing up in a hot climate.
Although you mention that Boxing Day is a big day for sporting events,
particularly the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, most people are
specifically hanging out for the cricket to begin on that day, which is
all part of the Aussie Christmas tradition.
Sunshine, surf, beer, cricket and tennis, what more could anyone in the world desire??
Thanks. Loved your site! Dot
28 Nov 2005 From: Anonymous|
There are a few rules about aussie life you should know:
1) The barby (Barbeque) is mans business, no woman should be allowed to turn even one snag (sausage).
2) A BBQ steak is not a steak if it is not burnt a little.
3) Christmas in Australia is always hot.
No matter what the weather man says "it will be a scorcher".
4) Everyone is a mate, even people you don't know.
5) re Santa's Arrival in Town Prior to 25th, in accordance to seeing this I would like to say
that usually in small towns Santa rides in police cars, police divy vans (drink driving vans) or as you said firetrucks.
16 Oct 2005 From: Robyn, Ruse, NSW |
Tom, a link to your Aussie Christmas site has been a godsend to explain
our 'down under traditions' to friends in the Northern Hemisphere
(Finland) who think 25C degrees is hot!! LOL
My memories of Christmas as a child are of making the trip from
Sutherland (NSW) to Hurstville by train, then catching a bus to Kogarah
shops and finally walking the last leg to my grandparents house. The
kids always had a little table separate from the grown-ups and Gran
ALWAYS cooked a roast dinner regardless of the soaring temperature
outside, and if the pumpkin wasn't black it wasn't worth eating!
All the kids were most excited about searching the christmas pudding for
the 'thruppences' and making mush of the pudding and custard just
happened to be a fortunate consequence!
Aaah, I miss those times....... Cheers.
28 September 2005 From: Delwyn, Melbourne
Hi Tom, Just wanted to drop you and line and let you know I have been
enjoying looking through your web site on Aussie Christmas's.
For the last 10 or so years our family has picked a theme for our family
Christmas, in 2000 we had a theme of Christmas in 1900, last year it
was a winter theme, we've had a “country “ theme etc etc, This year our
theme is an Australian Christmas which is how I ended up on your site.
And I've enjoyed it immensely.
Thought I'd add a little something myself ,coming from Melbourne one of
the things I associate with Christmas here is the Myer Windows which
each year they do up to tell a story (not always a Christmas story) they
have animated characters etc.
As a child it was always a treat for our family to head into the city
(often at night) and see what wonders they had created each year. Now
that I'm grown and have my own children it's something we all like to do
together as well.
I have heard rumours that with the sale of Coles Myer the windows may
not be something that is done in the future which would indeed be a sad
thing. Hope you enjoy the link. Thanks again for all the wonderful
things on your website. Wishing you a happy Christmas for 2005.
12 October 2005 I had advised Delwyn that I had loaded her email and I received the below reply.
Tom that's great. I looked at the site and told my children my letter
made it onto a website..... My 9 year old daughter was very excited and
said that tomorrow that will be her show and tell at school.
24 June 2005 From Brenda, England |
Today is June 24th 2005 (so is 6 months to Christmas Eve) and I am now
planning my Christmas cards that I make myself and came across this
site. How wonderful it is as, just a few months ago, I made contact with
an old school friend from Sutton Coldfield, England. She emigrated to
Australia in 1964 so this site is of special interest to me. Thank you
for all this information etc.
3 Jan 2005 From Donna |
What a wonderful site! I am an American who never even considered the
differences of an Australian Christmas until I was sent a link to your
site by a friend who is English and now living in Aussie land! I
thoroughly enjoyed reading every detail! All six hours worth! (It
takes a long time to read each link.)
22 Dec 2004 From: Charlene |
Hi. I just wanted to tell you that I love your website, it's amazing and
beautifully Australian! I'm currently working in China teaching English
and I've been asked to give a presentation on Christmas in Australia.
Although the Chinese don't celebrate Christmas they're strangely
obsessed with the tradition. Knowing that Santa aka The Christmas Father
as they call him, enters the house via a chimney they've now become
obsessed with the Aussie way of celebrating. So I'm going to use your
site heaps. Thanks again.
21 Dec 2004 From: John |
Fantastic work .... Congratulations .... just pure pleasure!!
21 Dec 2004 From: Donna |
Great web site, I've only touched on a little, when I get the chance,
but it's nice to see, something without snow all over it. Especially,
considering the heat in Australia at summer.
20 Dec 2004 From: Tess |
What a wonderful site you have!
I live in Bremerton, Washington (State) where my 79 yr old father also
lives. He was in the US Navy for many, many years and stopped in
Australia many times. On one of those trips he bought a tape (reel to
reel) of the Six White Boomers
for us, his 5 children. One of our fondest memories was every
Christmas eve getting that old player out and listening to that great
song and singing along. It got scratchier every year. One year I held
my old cassette recorder up to it and got a very, very crude recording
but that has been played so much you can barely understand it.
This year I attempted to find a recording on CD but have not been able
to find the same version. You see, most have just the song. The one my
dad had started with a mans voice telling the story of Santa being up
all night, but then this little joey having lost his mommy, so Santa
makes another run to help him find her. All us kids used to get so
excited like it was the first time we heard the story of them being
reunited ("there she is, bounding up and down!!").
I realize this is a long shot but I would like to start this tradition
again for all my nephews and nieces. My mom is gone now, my husband and
I don't have children and our Christmas Eve is being celebrated here at
Even if I can't make this happen this year, I am going to keep working on finding it. It has to be out there somewhere.
31 December 2004 Second email from:Tess
Alan directed me to the download. We did it. Christmas Eve came and I
gathered my family around, all 25 of them, and put the song on. Wide
eyes and squeals of delight!! Many tears, especially from my dad. I
had burned CD's for everyone, a real treasure. It brought back so many
sweet memories. I even gave a copy to my very sweet little neighbor
girls (8,6,3 yrs old) and it's their newest favorite Christmas song!
I cannot thank you enough. My father and family sends a big thank you
also. It was the highlight to this family's Christmas! I hope yours
was good also. May God Bless you both for your kindness in the New
17 Dec 2004 From: Tamara|
I just wanted to tell you that you have done an amazing job!
I think that we all forget too easily about the true meaning of
Christmas...I am 32 years old and have 7 children? I love to tell them
about our Christmases as kids and hope that they can
appreciate what it means to have the love of family & friends at
this time of the year!
Congratulations on your site....its great! Keep up the fantastic work...I've sent the link to all of my friends and family!
Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the New Year bring you your dreams.
12 Dec 2004 From: Margaret |
What a lovely site you have prepared, my Mum (83 years) was after the
words to the Australian version of the 12 days of Christmas. That's how
I found your site. Thanks for a great site.
Dec 10 2004 From: Bridget |
You have a great site.
We lived in Adelaide for three years in the 70s. We moved back to the US
and lived in San Marcos Texas. My parents still have a painting of the
outback they purchased when they took a trip to the outback. They also
have a lamb skin next to it. Their most precious memories of the family
are of the time we lived in Australia. They were simple and healthy
times for our family. My sister often dreamed of going back and working
there. She had applied to work at the Olympics but passed away
before she had that opportunity.
Since my sister passed away every year my parents have asked for a copy
of “The Australian Christmas Carol” that she sang at a school programme
at St. Joseph Tranmere in Adelaide. I have found it on your site.
You can not believe what this will mean to my parents. We have piano and
organ in the house and I will practice so when they come to dinner
Christmas eve, I will play it. I can not thank you enough. this will
truly bring joy (and a tear) to their heart. I wish the most merriest of
Christmas to you and your family.
Know that you will have truly brought a joy to my parents' life that they have long missed.
PS. The students in my 8th grade science class have been listening and
reading the words. They think it is the most beautiful song they have
heard. Perhaps they will visit your country in the near future.
Dec 8 2004 From: CG |
You are truly a life saver. Your web site is fraught with information
that I need to get an excellent grade in Social Studies. I went to many
other web sites to find the same lackluster facts and irrelevant
information about Australia's Christmas. But as soon as I clicked on
your web link it was like gaining access to a different singular world.
Relief emitted through my mind as I read through the web pages about
recipes, traditions, song, and other wonderful information.
I could just go on and on about how wonderful this web site is.
PS. Your Australian recipes are going to help me get 50 bonus points, which will add up to a grade of 150!!!
Dec 8 2004 From: ayiu |
My name is ayiu and I am a student from Hong Kong. Recently I'm writing
an article of the school English Corner newspaper, and I'm thinking of
writing something about Christmas.
Fortunately, I've searched in the web and found your Christmas site. It
amused me so much : )
Your Christmas web-site is so interesting!! It gives me a lot of
information about the Christmas in Australia. The information there is
so abundant that it exactly suits me for writing the school article.
Thank you very much for providing such an interesting web-site to
broaden my eyes, and plz continue to improve the site!! Cheerio : )
Dec 7 2004 From: Louise |
Love the web site. It brought back a lot of memories - especially
Granny's christmas cake. I am 72 and my Gran was born in 1869. Christmas
was a great and busy time when all the extended family got together -
oh what fun. Not many presents but great love in the family and all the
kids were so happy with what they received. We were a contented bunch,
but life was so different then. Some things were good and some not so
good. It is much more difficult for our children.
2 Dec 2004 From Elysia, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. |
I just wanted to tell you that I love your Christmas in Australia site!
I'm a preschool teacher for toddlers & two-year-olds, and in our
classroom we focus on multiculturalism while we learn about the rest of
the world. We're working on our Australia unit right now, and I'm sure
the kids are going to love learning Australian Jingle Bells. Thanks for
such a great site!
21 Nov 2004 From: Amanda |
what a fantastic website! well done! :)
25 Dec 2003 From: Angelique |
Merry Xmas, Just wanted to thank you for a great site. I have really enjoyed it!
22 Dec 2003 From: Robin |
Congratulations on an interesting and fun site.
23 Dec 2003 From: Gwen |
Hello and Congratulations to the designer of this site. I have a large
number of overseas friends and every year am continually answering
questions re 'An Australian Christmas' and here it is all on one site.
This was discovered for me by a friend when I had told her I had heard a
typically Australian version of the 12 days of Christmas ( your third
one as it happens) at Carols by Candlelight last night, and someone else
wanted me try and find the words. I have most certainly saved this for
all future reference and once again thank you and have a wonderful
Christmas with these good wished coming to you from the very hot (right
now !) Gold Coast.. God Bless.
16 Dec 2003 From: Rachel |
Hey, I'm actually from Sydney and I'm doing an assignment on how the way
Christmas has been celebrated in Australia has changed since 1900. I
obviously know what Christmas is like now, but I was wondering if you
had, or knew of any place I could find information, about Australian
Christmases early last century? Thanks if there is anything! This sight
has been really helpful to me and obviously for people all around the
world who aren't lucky enough to experience one of our great hot
16 Dec 2003 From: David, Queanbeyan, NSW |
It has long been tradition in our family, and many other families I have
spoken to over the years that one may put up decorations twelve days
before Christmas, ie 12th December, and they are taken down 12 days
after Christmas, ie 6th January, or Epiphany. This e-mail has probably
thrown another spanner into the works, hasn't it! Cheers.
16 Dec 2003 From: Sophie and Paul |
Congratulations Tom on an excellent site! Thanks for your efforts. You
have given a lot of people a lot of joy, which is more than some can
claim in their lifetimes! Good on you mate. Have a wonderful Chrissie
and New Year, to you and your family. Cheers.
15 Dec 2003 - What is the date for Christmas in Australia is it June 25. |
Answer No 25th December just like the rest of the world.
13 Dec 2003 From: Stewart |
When should Christmas Cards arrive at the recipients as I know it takes
various times to get there depending if you are sending overseas,
interstate or locally. Thanks.
Answer On the basis of my research this year into Christmas Decorations timing I would suggest the answer to your question is "not before the first Monday in Advent and before Christmas Day".
12 Dec 2003 From: John |
We sang Christmas in Australia at our Lions Club Christmas do last
Tuesday night. That was the first time many had seen it. I got it from
your site. However I had seen it at an AVan (caravan) Christmas do a
couple of years before, the question in my mind is: Who is the author?
Any idea. Happy Christmas and congratulations on your effort.
Most of the items on these pages have been accumulated over several
years. I feel that many of the items are a combination of several
peoples work thus the final product has just evolved as we see with the three Australian versions of the 12 days of Christmas. It would be nice to acknowledge some of the talent that is displayed. If you find any authors names, please let me know.
11 Dec 2003 From: Melissa |
Hi. My name is Melissa Handaja. I am 8 years old. Could you please tell me why we should put a star on top of christmas tree?
- We need to remember that Christmas is in memory of the birth of
Jesus. In the story of Jesus three wise men followed a star to his
cradle. The star on our tree reminds us of their travelling to his birth
10 Dec 2003 From: Jimmy, Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
THANK YOU! This is a delightful site, and very informative. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
10 Dec 2003 From: Frank, Forked River, NJ USA |
Just went thru your Christmas site. Very enjoyable, informative and an
all around good time !! I've passed it on to my daughter ( in
university), who will be taking a few semisters "down under" her
junior/senior years. Thanks so much for the wonderful experience. Have a
Merry Christmas !!!
10 Dec 2003 From: Colin |
Nice site, we have gift's under tree, children in the family receive
their's by using pillow case's or specially designed Xmas printed
plastic bags in the bedroom at end of bed at their home. Then they come
to ours & see what's under the tree. Hey, but what does it matter
it's the thought that count's. Have a good 1
10 Dec 2003 From: Gus |
As a 72er to a 70er I want to say how much I enjoyed your Christmas Down
Under web page. It was most interesting and I learned stuff I wasn't
aware of. I had talked about some of the items you covered with my
Aussie friends, but your coverage was quite complete. But certainly
there must be some Ozzie slang that is appropriate for the holidays - it
exists for every other imaginable thing.
I had the pleasure of working in Adelaide from May to Oct 2002. So I was
able to travel throughout most of SA. It was my seventh visit to
Australia. On previous trips, I have been to Sydney (several times),
Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart. I have driven from Sydney to
Cairns and a circle trip around Tasmania. Also been to Alice and Ayers
Rock. My goal is to make a fly-yourself trip around at least the
northern Queensland and Northern Territory areas I haven't visited.
As a weather contrast to your 30s, here in Colorado our overnight low so
far this winter is -19 and yesterday we had about 9" of snow in the
driveway. Keep up the good work and I'll be looking forward to next
Christmas's web page. Cheers
7 Dec 2003 From: Evan |
Happy Holidays from the states. We’re in Phoenix, Arizona so we don’t
get a white Christmas very often either! My oldest son, who is in 1st
grade, has an assignment to learn about how people in other countries
celebrate Christmas. We found your site via a Google search. Thanks
for all the excellent and interesting information. Warm regards and a
very merry Christmas to you and yours.
3 Dec 2003 From: Christie
I have just visited your website. It’s fabulous. I have been looking for
an A4 size Christmas Calendar or rather month of December that I can
copy and print out for a friends little girl. She just wants to stick it
on her fridge so that her daughter can cross off the days as they go
by. Do you know if such a thing exists and if so where I could find it?
2 Dec 2003 From: Marg |
I have been spending too much time on your website, just learning about
our great summer Christmas season. Your site is a joy and one I am more
than happy to pass on to others. Seasons Greetings to you and you fans.
1 Dec 2003 From: Deana |
I am a teacher in Lexington, KY, USA and my 7th grade students have
selected to study Australia and how you celebrate Christmas. I was
wondering if you have any Christmas folktales, different Christmas
stories, or an "Aussie" take on a Christmas story like the songs I have
read on this email? Also, is a school where you live in which you could
put me in contact so that my student might have a pen pal? Thank you
so much for your help! I've really been enjoying your site!
26 Nov 2003 From: Tina |
Hi! I am currently visiting websites associated with Christmas and all
it's traditions and came across an American web site: Christmas Trivia
Halo's to Ho Ho's. This website had much information about different
traditions associated with Christmas including The Twelve Days of Christmas. I don't know how accurate it is but I hope it can help.
22 Nov 2003 From: Loretta |
Hi, I'm an Australian living in Europe. It brings tears to my eyes when
I think about Australian Christmas's. Thank you for your site, it helps
keep the memories going.
20 Nov 2003 From Janet, Charmhaven, NSW. |
I just found your web site and its wonderful. Very interesting reading
and my kids love the aussie 12 days of xmas and jingle bells. Answer to
your question about the 12 days of xmas. I just read in a magazine
that they start on 25th december and finish 6th january because that was
when the wise men reached the baby jesus. It took them 12 days to get
there! Thanks and have a Great Christmas and New Year.
17 Nov 2003 From : Eve |
Help! I am trying to find a supplier of "Ambrosia Creamed Rice
Pudding" for my husband of 7 months, for a stocking filler for Xmas.
So far, I have managed to locate Uncle Joe's mint balls, much to his
delight! He has lived in Australia for 26 years and salivates at the
thought of a steaming bowl of the "Rice pudding of the Gods" . I can
find it in Mail order Hampers but have no desire for the remaining
contents of the EXPENSIVE hamper!! Love Eve, Aged 48 years and 1 week.
PS. I love your site. It's lovely to see the traditions and
magic of Christmas kept alive, I still believe in "You know who" and no
matter where I, or my parents are in the world, on Christmas morning, I
ring them and yell down the phone....."HE'S BEEN !!!!!
17 Nov 2003 From : Chick |
I work at a preschool and was looking for some Australian based
activities that the children would appreciate and have an enjoyable
time. What a great site. Thank you, love the Australian versions of the
16 Nov 2003 From : Susan |
Hi, thanks for including the chorus of the Aussie Jingle Bells on you
site, my sister has been searching for it. The photo and description you
have given of a kelpie sounds a lot like a blue heeler.
7 Nov 2003 From : Georgia |
I just wanted to say what a fantastic job you have done compiling this
site, I found it very enjoyable and informative! Thank you and merry
5 November 2003 From : Cristina from California |
I really love your site. My son is doing a project for school on
"Christmas in Australia" and I was wondering if you where I could
purchase some authentic Australian Christmas cards, a Christmas
ornament, and maybe some color photos? Any information would be greatly
appreciated. His report is due December 16th. Thank you for your time!
Webmaster note : -
Sorry I am not into net shopping. I walk down the street and buy my
needs. But my latest computer magazine gave these URL's as good shopping
sites. http://www.dstore.com.au - http://www.wishlist.com.au - plus
http://ww.ebay.com.au can be worth a look.
http://www.blackstump.com.au/ in prior years had had e-cards and
5 Nov 2003 From: Kylie |
Hi. We live in the Northern Territory and have had many a Christmas
interrupted by storms, rain and loss of power thanks to the wet season.
We try and stick to a Christmas dinner on the BBQ. Generally this
includes Barra, steak, and some spuds. Followed by Pavlova and beer.
4 November 2003 From: Erick |
I just found your web site, and saw the comment on when to take down Christmas Decorations, but my question is:
When is the normal time to put UP the decorations and lights? I agree that 6th January sounds right to take them down. Thanks
29 October 2003 From: Susan |
Firstly, I love your page. I've been telling friends in Canada and the
US about Australian Christmas celebrations, so it's nice to have a link I
can send their way.
Now, about your holly question. I am 30 now, but when I was a kid we
used to make wreaths at school, and there was never any holly available
(at least not in Brisbane), so we used climbing ivy, which was to be
found in abundance on most back yard fences. We also used ferns of all
types as greenery for the wreath, poinsettia flowers instead of
mistletoe, and little red berries, but I can't remember what they were
called. We also collected Christmas Beetles by the hundreds, and hung a
homemade christmas pudding (which Dad made in June or July) from the
eaves over the back stairs, so it was allowed to "mature" in the
weather. And we'd go swimming on Christmas morning before going to the
I grew up with a chimney, and was always told that was how Santa got our
presents to my sister and I, and why we weren't allowed to put the tree
right in front of the chimney, in case Santa fell over it. We put a
glass of milk and bickies out for Santa too, and we'd wake our parents
up at 5am so we could open our presents. We did and still do the present
giving one at a time. As I am the youngest, I get to give out the
presents I made, and the ones my parents have for us, but my sister
gives her own presents out these days.
It was also a tradition in my family that the youngest child got to put
the angel on top of the tree because I was too small to decorate the
tree (which is plastic). We would sing christmas carols as we decorated
the tree with mum.
Here's a couple of questions/polls you might want to think about too:
1. what's more common for the top of the christmas tree - an angel or a star?
2. what time do children get their parents up on christmas morning? (you know it happens, I'm sure.......)
Another thing that is popular here in Brisbane at Christmas is driving
around on Christmas Eve to see the christmas lights on all the houses.
It ends up on local TV every year.
A New Years Eve tradition in Brisbane is the coming in of the ships.
They sail into the Harbour and blow their ships horns and bells right on
new years eve. Often it sounds like a fog horn. We always reciprocated
with blowing our silver whistle and yahooing and calling out Happy New
Year. Hope this is of use to you. Cheers.
|9 Sept. 2003 From: Zoe |
Hi, I was just wondering whether real holly is available in Australia at
Christmas time? Many thanks. "Editors note. I need assistance on
this question. Can anyone help ?"
It is just that I am going to spend my first Christmas in Australia and I
normally make a holly wreath for the door, but I guess I can make one
out of synthetic holly. Thank you for your help, and merry Christmas in
|30 Aug 2003 From: Eve |
I will be spending my second Christmas in Australia this year after
emigrating from England last November. I found Australian Christmas
strange at first, I'm not used to wearing shorts on Christmas Day! But
I'm really looking forward to it this year. I found your site while
looking for pictures of Santa in Australia to create our own
personalised Cards for the family back in England. I have spent around
an hour on your site and have had a broad smile on my face for the whole
time! I love the Santa application form! I'm going to send that to
some of the children I know, as well as filling in my own application!
Thanks for a great site.
Love Eve (aged Forty-seven and three quarters).
|27 Aug. 2003 From: Karen |
Hello, I have just visited your site and wanted to say how much I like
it. I think it is an excellent idea as I feel personally we are losing
our Australian Identity and yes there is not enough done about OUR way
of Christmas. May I wish you many many more to come and fantastic site
|1 Mar 2003 From: Sue |
It was a pleasure to read your piece on Australian Christmas. When I
was a kid living in Melbourne a long time ago, we also put our pillow
cases at the end of the bed. It was a joy to hear about what I am
missing. I wish you many more Christmases. Thanks for taking the time
to fill others in. It's time I came back to visit. I now live in
California, have been for the last 30 years. I met my husband in
Germany, he was in the service. He is now out of the regular army and
has a civilian job and is in the National Guard. We come back every two
or three years to Aust. for Christmas. All my family (except my parents)
live in Melb. suburbs.
|30 Dec 2002 From: Megan |
Just a quick query - is there an official tree/decoration taking down
day in Australia? We want to know asap if possible. Thanks a lot.
Webmaster 30 Dec 2002 - Visitors your
understanding of this date for Australia or other countries would be
appreciated. - March 2003 - My granddaughter tells me it is the twelfth
day of Christmas, which is January 6th. November 2003 : - More
information at the Christmas Decorations page.
|24 Dec 2002 From Frances: |
I have several overseas Pen Pals, so those that have a computer, I am
going to refer to the site re Christmas in Australia, as they find it
very difficult to comprehend a summer Christmas.
|24 Dec 2002 From: Belinda |
THANK-YOU for a great "aussie" site. I have sent the address world-wide,
and hope everyone else enjoys it. I'm glad that Father Christmas hasn't
been quite killed off by "Santa", also glad those 6 white boomers are
still bounding across the sky!! Merry Christmas all!!
|23 Dec 2002 From: Deanna |
My family lives in Florida USA. I hate to admit it but The Wiggles
inspired us to look up Christmas in Australia. We in Florida get a
little tired of all the depictions of Santa in the snow. It is nice to
see him in a warm climate like ours! Your site is great!
|22 Dec 2002 From: Pat |
Hi Tom - love you Aussie jingle bells. Avagoodchrissiemate!
|22 Dec 2002 From: Julia |
Hi, great site - I have sent it to a school in the USA so that they can have a look at Christmas here.
|20 Dec 2002 From: Jessita |
Hi from British Columbia, Canada,
I would like to know if the kids in Australia write to Santa Claus in
the North Pole or the South Pole? What is the address for Santa where
you are? Thank you. I am a 7 yr old girl who would like to know.
Merry HO HO HO and Best Wishes to ALL !
P.S. Are you an Elf? How do you know so much? Are you Santa's best friend or what? BACK
|19 Dec 2002 From: Judi |
You have such a wonderful site. I would like to include a link and a
pic from your site in a newsletter and on the website we are doing, if
that is OK. Many people want to know how Xmas is celebrated in Oz.
Your very informative and fun site has all the info.
From the Webmaster - Please feel free to use any of the site.
|18 Dec 2002 From: Shirley |
My son came home this evening from work and gave me the above url and
was singing the praises of same. I have
since had a look and think it is just wonderful. I will be able to
spend many hours perusing this and I am sure they will all be happy
Already I have sent the address of the website to friends in Ohio and
Chicago and I know that they will be suitably impressed as I am. The
purpose of my writing is to congratulate you on the wonderful work you
have made available to the world and opened up much information on
Australian Christmases. Please accept my sincere congratulations and I
wish you and yours a peaceful and blessed Christmas Season.
I have already seen 78 Christmas days in Australia and I just love the
place. Thankfully I have a computer which I have taught myself to use
and even though I am no expert, as you are, I do manage to do my family
research on same and find it can be both informative and enjoyable. I
came from a family of ten and my grandparents came to Australia in 1862
and my mum was the youngest of eight so her parents were dead long
before I was born but she used to talk to us and I do remember a lot of
her family from when I was young.
Best wishes and again many thanks.
|18 Dec 2002 From: Christine |
Hi - great aussie christmas site thanks!
|18 Dec 2002 From: Amanda |
I have totally enjoyed flicking through your web site this morning. I
was looking for Local Carols By Candlelight that might be on this
weekend in Sydney (other than at the domain). I really should get back
to work, but I will save it to look at it again later. It is obvious
that you have put lot of work (and Christmas Spirit) into it.
|9 Dec 2002 From: Cliff, Greenville, South Carolina, USA |
We used your website to do a project for school. Thank you for taking
the time to create it. My son Elliott (11 years old) wanted to thank you
for the help with his Holidays Around the World project.
|10 Dec 2002 From: Lauren |
Loved your site and sent a copy of some things to my 10 y.o. who still
keeps the christmas magic in our family. I was actually looking for a
christmas carol I learnt in primary school, perhaps you can help. I
can't tell you the tune but if you close your eyes it might come to
Santa Clause comes riding,
Hopping on his kangaroo
Filling all the air with muu...uuu.sic
Playing on his didgeridoooooooo
playing on his didgerido.
Then I forget the rest. If you can help I'd appreciate it, however I do
remember some one in class saying their dad wrote it so it may never
have come to anything. Cheers & happy Christmas.
|8 Dec 2002 From: Wendy |
I am an Australian in Canada, temporarily, and this week I am going to
be talking to school children about Christmas Traditions in Australia
and your site has been a great resource, reminding me of many little
things like stamps and how presents are given etc. The thing that was
really helpful to me was links to Christmas song sites. I now have the
words to Six White Boomers and an Aussie Jingle Bells. Thank so much for
putting in the time to produce such a great site.
One thing I would like to see on the site is a link to a site on Christmas recipes in the Christmas meal section, such as the Koala site. Thanks to the Koala site I now have a recipe for pavlova & White Christmas, both part of Christmas fare in our family.
The other comment I would like to make about the translation of the
Aussie Christmas carol concerns the Ute. I agree that the pickup is the
closest vehicle to the Ute, but living in Southern Alberta, seemingly
the Pickup capital of the world, I am very aware of the difference
between the pickup and the Ute when stopped behind or beside one at a
traffic light, they are massive vehicles more the size of our four wheel
drives. So perhaps you could add to your great translation of the song
that the Ute is similar in size to a car. Thanks once again for a great
site and will certainly recommend it to my Canadian teacher friends for
teaching their kids about an Aussie Christmas. Thanks again,
|4 Dec 2002 From: Tammy |
I am a second grade teacher in Texas. We are studying Christmas around
the World. My country is Australia. My question is: Are the carols sung
in Australia different and can I get a copy of some of the more common
carols sung? Please let me know. I have about a week to prepare my
lesson. I also need some sort of little craft to prepare for the class
to make. Thanks.
From the webmaster see The Three Drovers - A carol from Australia and
An Australian version of Jingle Bells plus translation to English
|4 Dec 2002 From: Dorte |
I thought I would let you know that I find your site very interesting
and useful. I teach English to 6th. graders, and at the moment our theme
is "Christmas in Australia". Merry Christmas to you, or as we say in
Denmark: glaedelig jul!
|27 Nov 2002 From: Lucie |
I've just come across your very interesting website on Christmas in
Australia. I'm currently putting together a feature for the BBC's news
website News Online looking at how
Christmas is celebrated in a variety of different countries. I'd very
much like to include Australia and I wondered if you might be able to
I was wondering whether you might be able to write me just a few
paragraphs summing up the Australian Christmas experience - the food,
the celebrations, where people traditionally go etc. Would you be able
to do this in about 200 words? I know it's a tough assignment but I'd be
really grateful if you could help, I hope to hear from you soon.
|27 Nov 2002 From: Marie |
I am a Girl Guide Leader for youths here in Ontario, Canada. This
Christmas we are studying Christmas around the world, and my group was
lucky enough to choose Australia. We have studied the resources found
on the internet, (including your site) and I was wondering if I could
bother you with some questions.
We are going to sing the Aussie version of Jingle Bells and I would like
to tell the girls what some of the words mean. Do you have a minute to
1) Dashing through the bush in a rusty Holden ute (what is a Holden ute?) What is the correct pronunciation?
2) Kicking up the dust, Esky in the boot (what is Esky?)
3) Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs (what is Kelpie?)
4) The swaggie climbs aboard, he is welcome too... (what is a swaggie?)
5) And pack the car and all shoot through Before the washing up. Oh! (What exactly does this line refer to?)
Thank you very much for your time. We really appreciate it.
P.S. Does Santa really wear a bathing suit? If not, what is his normal attire?
From the answers see The Australian version of Jingle Bells
|16 Nov 2002 From: Jan, Texas|
hope you don't mind my asking, but I have been doing research for a
school project that compares how Christmas is advertised in different
parts of the world. I chose to investigate Australia, however I am
having some trouble. Your site is really neat and lots of info I can use
about how Christmas is celebrated, but our task is to find out how it
is advertised compared to the USA. Do they begin Christmas advertising
early in stores? Do they use TV, radio, newspapers, billboards, etc like
in the United States. Are there any unique ways to advertise that are
special in Australia? I live in Texas, but have often thought it would
be neat to visit Australia. Thanks for your help very much!
The webmaster's answer
29 Jul 2002 From: Taimloyd, Illinois, U.S.A., Earth |
liked your christmas site. It is amazingly hoopy and altogether
complete. I thought Santa had a way of Teleporting into places that do
not have chimneys or that the chimneys are sealed. That was a way of
explaining how he got in. I think he also uses Time Travel to make
June 29th, 2002 From: Paula |
Loved your site... and the e-cards on the blackstump site.
6 Jan 2002 From: Kristin |
My name is Kristin and I am in the second grade in New York. I am doing a
project on Christmas in Australia. I was wondering if there is a special way that Australians say Merry Christmas?
9 Jan 2002 From: Kristin |
I never heard of that! I will write that in my school project. I can't
wait to tell my teacher! Thank you and your wife for helping me.
27 Dec 2001 From: Sandra |
A friend of mine sent your website to me because I am writing a book
called "All About Christmas". It gives interesting facts on Christ's
birth and It explains how the American Christmas traditions developed. I
thought it would be interesting to mention how Christmas is celebrated
in other Countries. I wrote to your embassy in Washington D.C. They
sent me some information, but not as much as you have. I would like to
know if I can use some of this information in my book. Naturally, I will
give you and your Website full credit for anything I use.
24 Dec 2001 From: Craig & Melinda,|
Tucson, AZ USA
Merry Christmas to you! We enjoyed your site. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!
26 Dec 2001 From: Ray |
Well Done! I Live in Brisbane, and perused your site. I think that it provides a good example of us in Aus.
24 Dec 2001 From: Paul & Gail |
Hi, just a short one to congratulate you on a truly excellent site. I
live on the Sunshine coast in Queensland. I have many internet friends
in the northern hemisphere who frequently ask questions all of which are
well covered here. This is definitely a keeper.
Footnote: I am
totally blind and the accessibility of your website is unquestionably
the best I have seen from a private site not specifically dedicated to
access. We will be back. Cheers!
20 Dec 2001 From: American Montessori Consulting |
Your Site Was Selected for Inclusion in Our AMC Montessori Educational
Newsletter. Your site is featured in Part II. Thank you for contributing
such a wonderful site. Your site has been
reviewed and appears at http://www.amonco.org/2fall_winter2001.html. For
the past three months thousands of parents and teachers have read our
newsletter online. Scroll down until you see *Christmas Around the
World* Lesson Planning to see your review. Happy Holidays!
21 Dec 2001 From: Gavin |
A big "HELLO !" from TURKEY...I am living on the Gallipoli Peninsula,
only 15 kms away from Anzac Cove and Lone Pine. By chance I've been
aware of your site and really amazed by its loveliness, especially as
being a Moslem that Christmas doesn't mean anything, thus never
celebrate it, but do celebrate New Year's Eve, always in cold and
I can not imagine what it looks like to celebrate New Year in 40 degrees
summer. Hopefully one day I can find a chance to visit your beautiful
country and taste that different zest.
20 Dec 2001 From: Preston - Age 7|
Why is the candle light ceremony only in Australia? Why hasn't it spread to other Country's?
20 Dec 2001 From: Carol |
I was actually looking at different Christmas sites tonight so that I
could get the URL to a good Christmas in Australia site for my overseas
buddies - by the way, yours is fantastic.
19 Dec 2001 From: Allen |
I read with interest your web sight of Christmas in Australia. I have
found it all very interesting and well set out . Many thanks. We are at
St. Ives near Cambridge, some sixty miles north of London. We have one
question in a quiz that we can not find the answer too. Can you help?
What date was Christmas First celebrated in Australia? If you can give
us the answer we will have a pint of beer in your name!!
19 Dec 2001 From: Margaret |
Thank you so much for your site - I included a link to it on my virtual
Christmas Card in 1999, and last year, and shall do the same again this
year. There were a couple of other sites that were really good, but
things change rapidly on the Internet, Virtual Australia has gone all
commercial and crashes level 3 browsers, while ozkids, which had wav.
files of some of our own Oz Christmas Carols, seems to have disappeared.
So it's heartening to have your site not only still there, but better
than ever, and still easily loaded by dinosaurs like me! (It's worse
just now, because my monitor packed up, and I'm temporarily using an old
VGA monitor which will only let me have 640 x 480 resolution!!)
18 Dec 2001 From: R.A. |
I would like to see e-cards added to your web site just a suggestion
17 Dec 2001 From: Judy |
Greetings from America and specifically from Louisiana! I enjoyed
reading your website about Christmas in Australia and decided to write
in hopes you could help us. Our boss is from Australia (Adelaide) and
we were thinking about making her a Christmas wreath decorated with
items that most typify your country. Could you tell us if Christmas in
Australia includes door wreaths and if so what items can typically be found in the wreath. Thanks for your help.
18 Dec 2001 From: Judy |
Thanks, Tom, for writing back so promptly. Yes, wreaths are very much a
Christmas tradition in America and especially so in Louisiana. This is
likely because we have so many trees that stay green all year long. As a
result, many homes have a door wreaths
all year long, changing out the decorations on it to reflect the
season; e.g., Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, etc. We thought of
making her a wreath that communicated instantly that the owner is an
Aussie. She would like that.
17 Dec 2001 From: Chris |
Thanks for your wonderful site. We relocated to the US 5 months ago and
my 6 yr old son's teacher asked me to give them some info on our Xmas
traditions. Your site has cut down on the time I will have to spend
describing it all to the kids. They will all be able to look at this at
their leisure after my talk. Thanks heaps, I'm homesick now!
16 Dec 2001 From: bianca |
thank you very much for your great web-site. my daughter and myself
found lots of good facts about christmas in australia. this was for her
school homework. she is 8 years old and very great full. thank
10 Dec 2001 From: Sue |
I received a link to your site from an internet chat friend in Florida USA.
It is a great site. Well done and thank you!
11 Dec 2001 From: Wayne |
I'm just writing to let you know how impressive your website is--by far
the most thorough and informative I've seen while helping my son with a
I was helping him download some info. on how Christmas is celebrated in
various countries throughout the world, and was AMAZED at the amount of
information on your website-- the others do not compare at all. I just
wanted to let you know that we appreciate all the work that must have
gone into creating the site. Bravo!
9 Dec 2001 From: Marc |
I am a Frenchman living in Normandy... My wife asked me about Christmas
practices in Australia where it is summertime in December. Thanks to the
magic of Internet, I found all explanations she needed in your Website
which is very interesting. Thanks again and merry Christmas to you and
9 Dec 2001 From: "BAAT Gang" |
Hi, Love your website! I am a Scout leader for a group of Beavers (ages
5-7) in Ottawa, Canada. We're holding a "Christmas in Australia" evening
this week and your site has given me a few ideas e.g., Carols by
Candlelight is a good lead-in to a Christmas sign-song. Although not
very Christmassy, we will try and make "Christmas boomerangs" made out
of cereal box cardboard (try this site,
www.chez.com/amiel/boom/cereal.html) The Christmas part will just be
sticker decoration and colouring. Thanks,
6 Dec 2001 From: Jo |
Hi there, I just wanted to tell you I really enjoyed visiting your
website. This will be my 10th Christmas in Australia, so it's
interesting to discover the stories behind the traditions here. I also
thought that your articles were really well written. Keep up the great
27 Nov 2001 From: Philip |
G'day Tom. I've enjoyed investigating your website. I've copied and
pasted many of the interesting text documents you've collected or
written an here and now, thank you. I'm writing for your permission to
send these text documents to people as an inclusion in my Christmas
letter. A couple of times I've mentioned "text' there's a reason, I'm
blind. When I read what you've written, the prose often reminds me of my
child-hood and the many wanderings through the Blue mountains, for when
I was a child, I could see.
25 Nov 2001 From: Angela |
Greetings from Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A.
My daughter Grace, who is in 2nd Grade, had to choose a country to learn
about their Christmas season celebrations. We've visited your
beautiful country and have friends there so I think she was naturally
drawn to choose it. I wasn't sure what info we would find other than
emailing friends for background. But our search on Google turned up
your great site. Perfect for our needs. If we have additional
questions or follow-up, we'll email you. Thanks for creating a great
resource for those of us who love Christmas and love "Oz". By the
way, no sign of a White Christmas here in the D.C. area. It's still
quite balmy, and
we're considering barbecuing for Christmas too!
06 Dec 2001 From: Angela|
We are still working on a report on Australian Christmas celebrations
for Grace's 2nd Grade class. So, where do Australians put their
Christmas presents? Under a tree? If so, what kind? I understand from a friend that folks don't hang up
stockings, but rather use pillow cases. Is that true? And how is Santa related to
Father Christmas? We love the song "Six White Boomers" and are planning
to teach it to Grace's classmates. Plus, we're serving Coconut Ice.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ....
18 Dec 2001|
Grace did teach her classmates "Six White Boomers", which we found a
clip from on one of your links. Also, she brought in a swimsuit, towel,
goggles, candle with holder and a kangaroo for visual aids. Her report
was a definite breath of fresh air from all the northern hemisphere
4 Dec 2001 From: Clare |
Hi, some of your links to Christmas sites are not active anymore.
8 Sep 2001 From: Lew |
Thanks for your page, It has saved me lots of work to send to Belgium,
and I am sure they will appreciate the vast amount of work which you put
in to make the information useful and enjoyable. Congratulations on it,
thanks very much.