Spending Christmas with another family is a bit of a challenge. The music playlist is not what you expected, the food doesn't taste like what you're used to, and you don't feel that confident interrupting the person who is talking nonsense. Everything is the same, but different. But imagine the holiday season on the other side of the Earth... It's blazing, Santa is wearing shorts, and the neighborhood python popped into your house to say hi. Yes, I'm talking about Australia. For your understanding of one of the most popular celebrations in the world, here are some tweets that sum up what it is really like in the Southern hemisphere.

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Australian-Christmas-Tweets

ScaryDropbearAu Report

troufaki13
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2 months ago

So koalas are the Australian cats?? 😂😂

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According to WhyChristmas, one of the largest Christmas information sites on the web, in Australia, Christmas comes in towards the beginning of the summer holidays—Children have their summer holidays from mid-December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas.

"The temperature is normally in the mid to high 20 degrees Celsius; this makes it good weather to head to the beach or just the outdoors generally at Christmas time," the founder of the website and Christmas-loving web designer James Cooper told Bored Panda.

Cooper said Christmas in Australia is full of what we consider traditional Western Christmas items, like trees, wreaths, and, yes, fake snow. "Although the latter is rather odd, it's also part of a proper Christmas for many Australians."

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Australian-Christmas-Tweets

SwedishCanary Report

banana man
Community Member
2 months ago

cause its so hot.... 🥵😌

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Dani, a marshmallow maker from Sydney, confirmed the weather on Christmas Day is usually hot, but said it was a bit cooler and wetter this year. "We have had rain lately with humidity of 90%," Dani told Bored Panda.

"Because I've grown up with hot Christmases, I'm used to it being portrayed differently in the media. It is strange, though, because we all have large meals with hot, traditional food despite not being the weather for it! Lots of turkey, ham, and baked goods."

On Christmas Eve, many Australians rush to fish markets to buy fresh seafood for Christmas Day. Some like to have the 'traditional' Christmas pudding, but there might also be cold desserts like pavlova and trifle.

Most families try to be home together for Christmas and eat the main meal at lunch. They might have a cold Christmas dinner or a barbecue with seafood such as prawns and lobsters along with the 'traditional English' food. Families normally exchange presents on Christmas Day too.

Depending on the weather, Dani's family either sit outside in the backyard for Christmas lunch or inside with the air conditioning keeping them cool. "There's also lots of fresh seafood like oysters and prawns. Our fish markets are open nonstop in the days leading up to Christmas due to the demand—you can go and buy seafood at 2 am!"

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Australian-Christmas-Tweets

Australia Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate Quantas.

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"Carol singing concerts are very popular in Australia," Cooper explained. "Every state capital will have a Carols by Candlelight service/concert and they're broadcast on TV. There are also outdoor Christmas pageants and firework displays, etc."

On Boxing Day, people tend to visit their friends and often have barbecues with them at the beach. To top it all off, there's a famous yacht race from Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania, held on Boxing Day as well.

Now, I don't know if any of the gazillion creatures that can kill you in Australia take the holiday season off, but so far, Christmas sounds like a blast in the land Down Under!

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Australian-Christmas-Tweets

Hekas_ Report

John L
Community Member
2 months ago

I really Do Love this "Down Under" theme here. Too bad your cat can't appreciate it to its fullest.

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7NewsAustralia Report

Láďa Durchánek
Community Member
2 months ago

Drinking 2500 cans of VB is way more ridiculous than making a Christmas tree out of them.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Tell me about it, please excuse my language but I hear it often nicknamed vaginal backwash.

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Deal _Anneal
Community Member
2 months ago

Ridiculous? i'll call it art ty very much

Johan Van Deventer
Community Member
2 months ago

Those are rookie numbers!

Mary
Community Member
1 month ago

The man said "Me and some mates love drinking VBs, and two to three mates have been bringing empty cans over here every week for the past 14 months." And on top of that this tree serves a purpose Mr Boyd said the tree is helping to raise money for charity Alzheimer's Australia and he will be collecting donations for the cause until the rest of December.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you ever think that just maybe he didn't drink them all but had others collecting them for him? Benefit of the doubt, people!

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 months ago

24 cans to the case so 100 cases ~ Lots of beer.

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 months ago

Foster's Australian for beah.

Jean-paul
Community Member
2 months ago

the car doesn't look ridiculous

sharonljeffords@gmail.com
Community Member
2 months ago

Sorry but only a guy would do this. Woman lets recycle and get the money.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Ahh a true blue Aussie.. love them

Wij
Community Member
2 months ago

vintage ford falcon in the foreground, it's a win

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks nice.

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Like are there lights somewhere, or do the cans glo in the dark, or...?

Tori Bishop
Community Member
2 months ago

That's so pretty

Mieke Fabry
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the car

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

The one thing I miss the most from Australia.

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#6

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NorannV Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Two talking birds...

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#7

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russellcrowe Report

Nela Rothenbach
Community Member
2 months ago

Nope!

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#8

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ThisThrive Report

Panda-riffic
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, hello Santa! I've been a very good girl this year. ;-)

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#9

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cindyrellapr Report

chillchillpill
Community Member
2 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hAZntgBLdo

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#10

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Brocklesnitch Report

Alyssa Wakefield
Community Member
2 months ago

40 degree (Celsius) days is what Christmas is to me! If it was cold, it would feel like the middle of June and not Christmasy at all!

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#11

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Australia Report

Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Anyone else see a gnarled motorcycle couple?

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#12

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suelapp Report

Josh Tall
Community Member
2 months ago

that's also a pre-hurricane ritual in Florida!

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#13

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IAmChrisRamsey Report

Blue J
Community Member
2 months ago

30 degrees celsius = 86 degrees fahrenheit

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slazo Report

Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually I think it’s because he saves the best til last and wants to get the bad stuff over and done with first. (Just kidding, love you Australia! Apart from your snakes. And your spiders. And your unbearable heat. And the long flight. And-)

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#15

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QT0ri Report

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Except in PR and sometimes Miami / Keys!

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#16

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DarkWolfized Report

CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
2 months ago

some are making a run for it

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#17

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bobbychallton Report

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

As one would expect.

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#18

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coffeeandfic Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like Los Angeles, California, USA right now.

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#19

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NishoYoru Report

I'manoob!
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Does anyone know where I can find that wallpaper?!?! I want it!!

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#20

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elmakias Report

E Menendez
Community Member
2 months ago

The visual this give me is a-mazing.

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#21

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geo_genesis Report

Vero Morales
Community Member
2 months ago

in Argentina too, although tecnically its spring here, but 24C at 1am

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#22

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lesleygaunson Report

CATMONSTER2018
Community Member
2 months ago

nope nope nope... noooooooooooooopeeeee

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#23

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Lauren_Southern Report

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't say that to a good portion of Europe

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#24

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jaysivyer Report

John L
Community Member
2 months ago

Aahhh, just like summer in South Carolina, eh?

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#25

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B4MCORE Report

Chez
Community Member
2 months ago

South African here. Can confirm. Except that in Cape Town Christmas is normally bloody freezing (current temp: 21 degrees and it looks to be only 24 on Christmas Day). Explain that please.

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#26

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GlendaIkundi Report

Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
2 months ago

Ho ho ho!

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#27

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Medodile Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
2 months ago

In Australia I would think you were lucky if it was 'just' spiders. Although they may be as big as cats.

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#28

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billytae_cyrus Report

John L
Community Member
2 months ago

Getting ready for the 440 year Grand Solar Minimum. LIke the Maunder Minimum, this one is going to be a dozy.

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#29

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femmocollective Report

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Do you have a recipe ?

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#30

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Brocklesnitch Report

Dodo
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly, as a Brit, I feel the same way

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