Christmas in Australia: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Have you ever wondered how other countries celebrate Christmas? In this lesson, learn how people in Australia celebrate this holiday with special foods, symbols, and traditions.

Land Down Under

G'day mate! Let's travel to Australia, often called the 'Land Down Under', and learn about some very special Christmas traditions and customs celebrated there. This island continent is located south of the equator, and during the Christmas season Australians are enjoying summer. You can guess that this makes their Christmas fun quite a bit different than what you may be used to!

Foods of the Season

When you think of Christmas, you probably think of hot roasting turkey and pumpkin pie. In Australia, it's too hot to serve this kind of food. Although some families enjoy what we consider traditional Christmas food, many people serve food that is more appropriate to eat in hot weather. Cold ham and salad are often put on the Christmas table in Australia.

Everyone knows it is important to save room for dessert at Christmas, and this is true Down Under as well! Ice cream or frozen custard are often popular treats during the holiday. A special Christmas dessert called pavlova is usually served. This is made with sweet cream and red and green fruit to symbolize the traditional Christmas colors. Kiwi fruit provides a bright green and strawberries represent the red.

If you eat Christmas dinner in Australia, you will probably enjoy pavlova for dessert.
fruit and cream

Australian Christmas Symbols

Because the weather is so warm during Christmas in Australia, many beautiful flowers and plants are growing during the holiday. Some of these flowers bloom with red and green colors, and they have become symbols of Christmas in Australia. Christmas bells are flowers that are commonly associated with the holiday, and are often used in decorations. You may also see Christmas orchids and something called a Christmas bush.

Christmas bells have become an Australian symbol of the holiday.
Christmas plant

Not all symbols are different in Australia. It is very common to see Christmas trees, lights, and what we consider traditional decorations during the holiday season. In fact, many big cities like Melbourne have huge decorated Christmas trees in the middle of the city.

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