Christmas Where the Gum Trees Grow

From England came our Christmas fare
They even said what Santa should wear
But here down under for summer's cool
Santa should dip in a swimming pool


Santa rides in a sleigh on snow
But down here where the gum trees grow
Santa should wear some water skis
And glide around Australia with ease


To ride 'round the bush where it's often dry
To cart all the presents piled up high
A red-nosed reindeer would never do
Santa should jump on a kangaroo.


Christmas where the gum trees grow
There is no frost and there is no snow
Christmas in Australia's hot
Cold and frosty is what it's not
When the bloom of the jacaranda tree is here
Christmas time is near.


Music by Val Donlon and traditional words by Lesley Sabogal

A jacaranda tree.     A jacaranda tree.