AN AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS
Our family really loves Christmas. Here in Australia, it is a great celebration and a wonderful time for families to come together.
Australia is a relatively young country and while we have our own ways of celebrating Christmas such as backyard cricket, beach BBQs and Carols by Candlelight, most of our Christmas traditions and symbols are based on those from the Northern Hemisphere.
I was surprised at just how little I knew about the history and reasons behind these traditions and symbols. For example, where did the Christmas tree originate? Who created tinsel? Who sent the first Christmas Card? Where was the first Carols by Candlelight service conducted?
I decided to do some research and wrote a little book that describes what I found out. It is most relevant to Christmas here in Australia, but for anyone wanting to know more about the background of Christmas and its traditions, it probably has a lot of useful information.
My book, “Christmas in Australia; The Origins of Our Our Traditions, Customs and Beliefs” is now available from lulu.com. Click here
Merry Christmas to you all.