We make the day a real mix of both Aussie and Bri­tish cul­tures

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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.”

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