We make the day a real mix of both Aussie and British cultures
David and Joanne Smith moved to Australia from the UK a decade ago. Although the Aussie weather was one of the attractions, the mum to Jasmine, 8, and Alice, 6, says she still finds herself wishing for a rainy Christmas Day. She says: “I have to say, Christmas still just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. I grew up with Christmas being cold, dark and snowy and I just can’t get my head around a hot, humid Christmas Day.
“The hardest thing about Christmas is not the actual day, but the run up because everyone is talking about their plans and that usually includes lots of family. It just really highlights the fact we’re not with family.
“This year will be special though because, for the first time, we’ll have some family visit from the UK. David’s sister, her husband and their two kids will be with us and that makes it feel like a real celebration this year.
“We’ve taken the girls back to Europe a few times at Christmas and they have experienced a white Christmas, which they loved. But for them, an Aussie Christmas is the real thing. We have started our own traditions and make the day a real mix of both cultures. We open Santa presents first thing, then head to the beach. Afterwards, I’ll cook a big traditional lunch, which we eat at about 4pm. I’ll make a whole turkey, ham, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes in duck fat, brussels sprouts, trifle and Christmas pudding. But we also have prawns to start, our nod to an Aussie Christmas.
“In the morning we Skype family and friends in the UK, then again at night when it’s actually Christmas morning over there.”