Australia, a continent connected with warm weather and beaches … But what’s Christmas like there?
To read more, we asked Monique to share her household’s holiday customs “from the bush!”(stating meaning in the wild/countryside). Young mother of three, it warmed our heart to hear her speak about the magic of Christmas through her ladies’ eyes.
Can you please set the scene and present your household? I am a farmer’s better half and mother to three little wildflowers: Ava(4yrs), Sophia(2.5 years )and Georgia( 1yr ). We live in Central Queensland, on the eastern coast, on among my spouse’s family’s cattle and cropping farms. Due to our place, Christmas remains in Summertime and it is typically extremely hot. There is no indication of snow here, that’s for sure.
Do you tend to replicate the “cold winter season magic”?
We do not reproduce the ‘cold winter magic’ Christmas day per say, although a few of our Christmas decors do show and pay tribute to cold and snowy landscapes.
Our Summer days get past top temperature levels of 40 degree celsius!.?. !! It’s just’ stinkin’ hot ‘(an Australian slang saying) so our activities, meals and clothing choices all show Summer in its very essence. Due to the heat, I would state, Christmas has more of a relaxed, casual feel as everyone retreats to the cool to commemorate, consume. Any Australian will be happy to discover water on Christmas day whether that’s the beach, a pool or perhaps a blow up kids pool more than imitate winter season celebrations.
What does your month of December look like and what are your customs? As we are a young household, we are actually still forming and improving our Christmas traditions. It’s such an amazing and joyous time in our home.
We love to assemble our Christmas tree mid-November to the hum of the air conditioner and singing of Christmas carols. Our Christmas’ are rotated in between both my husband’s family and mine. As living “in the bush” implies that we have a minimum of a 2-3 hour drive, we generally invest Christmas Eve till Boxing day with our relatives. That’s why we like to put our tree up early so that we have time (in your home) to delight in the magic of Christmas.
We likewise hang the ladies’ stockings and place a wreath on our door (not that we have a lot of visitors at the farm) and get out all of our preferred Christmas story books. Each night before bed we read the women a Christmas story of their picking, and it’s safe to say that their Christmas desire lists typically get recited too!
Whenever we are in ‘town’, we reveal the women the Christmas light displays and their little faces are constantly in wonder of your houses and yards dressed up in lights and designs.
We also enjoy to watch the broadcast of Carols in the Domain or Carols by Candlelight on tv as we aren’t able to attend something like this face to face. These are 2 significant events here! The first one is a Christmas show with Australia’s biggest celebrities kept in the Domain of Sydney, a huge open area. The second occurs in Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a substantial outdoor bandshell. The location illuminate while raising funds for Vision Australia’s children’s services. It belongs to our Australian traditions to single carols brightened by candle lights all over in the nation.
Can you share about Christmas cooking in your household and in Australia? Ava and Sophia enjoy to bake with me and it’s wonderful to see just how much they are improving in the kitchen. Before kids, I constantly baked a selection of sweet treats before Christmas, and now I get to do that with my women which is so special.
Among the dishes that we will be making together this year are Brownie Bombs. These are constantly a huge hit with everybody and make a lovely and sweet Christmas present.
Barbequed (or conventional roast) styled meals and cool, refreshing and fruity desserts are likewise popular for Christmas.
Brownie Bombs recipe
For the brownies
20 cm/8inch square shaped cake pan
125 g/4 ounces of butter cut into rough pieces
200g/ (6 1/2 ounces) of dark consuming (semi-sweet) chocolate, roughly sliced
2/3 cup of extremely great caster sugar
2 gently beaten eggs
1 1/4 cup of sifted plain flour
1/3 cup of dark rum
For the icing/decoration
200g/ 6 1/2 ounces of dark eating (semi-sweet) chocolate, approximately sliced and melted
60 g/ 2 ounces of melted white consuming chocolate
* Preheat the oven to 180 ° C/350 ° F.
* Mix the butter and 200g of chocolate in a pan over low heat to get a smooth mix.
* Put into a large bowl and enable to cool for 10 minutes.
* Add in the sugar, eggs and flour.
* Pour the mixture into the formerly greased pan covered with baking paper and bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan.
* Cut the cake into large pieces and pour in the dark rum till the mix blends in.
* Roll loaded teaspoons of mix into balls.
* Put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
* Dip the balls into the melted remaining 200g of chocolate. Put it in the refrigerator until it sets.
* Drizzle with 60g of melted white eating chocolate and top with pieces of red glacé cherry.
How do you celebrate Christmas? On Christmas Eve, before going to bed, the girls leave a plate with a bunch of carrots for the reindeer and a glass of milk with a shortbread or gingerbread biscuit for Santa.
Our Christmas Day starts early with the checking of their stockings and the unwrapping of presents. What a delight it is as a moms and dad to see the enjoyment and happiness on your children’s faces as they unwrap their gifts!
Breakfast is served and then a variety of chocolates, Christmas baking and cheese boards are munched on before the primary meal. After lunch everybody has some quiet time to actually ‘rest and absorb’. Then when the weather condition cools down in the afternoon, we go outdoors to have fun with the women and relatives or go for a swim. Beverages and laughter are shared, and we usually delight in lunch leftovers for supper. It’s great to reflect on the year that has passed and really be grateful for all that we have.