A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to experience a very different and unique type of Christmas. As we are in the Christmas season I thought what better way to share this with you all than during Blogmas. For many of you, you will already know that I am a huge traveller and in 2015 I went travelling around South East Asia, Indonesia and Australia for 2 years. During my travels, I decided to base myself living in Australia and I was away for a Birthday, Christmas and a New Year’s celebration. Although I hated being away from my family and friends during this time, I made the most of the experience I had and went full Aussie. Due to the seasons in Australia being opposite to us in England, their Christmas is actually summer time which was super weird as I’ve never experienced a hot December before.
(St Kilda beach, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Christmas Day 2015)
In Australia, it is a tradition and a norm for families to go to the beach and have a barbecue. You might think I’m joking as this is so stereotypical but it’s actually true. Although many Australian families do gather together indoors, they tend to spend their time having a chilled drink in the garden with the children playing in the pool. I find this absolutely amazing as for me in England it is always extremely cold and I never take my onesie off on Christmas day.
I don’t know if you are similar to me at all but every year for as long as I can remember my parents have always bought me fluffy socks and new pjs. When I was in Oz, I told my Aussie mates this and they laughed, they replied with “Yeah, Nah, we all get new swimmers and thongs here” Which made me laugh so much. Basically, in English that means they get new swimming costumes and flip-flops. By no means is this me mime-kin the Australian accent and trying to be mean, I absolutely LOVE Australia and I am actually looking to emigrate after university. This is just my experience with Australians and I would hate to think I’ve offended anyone but if I have, I do apologise.
The 25th of December arrived and we were both extremely excited as we’d been planning this day for a few weeks now. We decided to get up early and pack our bags ready to hit the 96 tram through the city and onto the beach. We were extremely lucky as our house was directly in front of the tram line that took you to the beach in under 30 minutes. We packed a small picnic and a few tinies (Beers) to celebrate the day.
(Christmas selfie on the beautiful St. Kilda Beach)
Once we got there it was so busy, I was genuinely shocked to see so many people celebrating Christmas on the beach. It was also so great to see so many people singing, dancing and drinking. Many people brought tents and speakers and made a day of the celebration. We weren’t there for the whole day as a friend of ours had a little Christmas meal for all lonely home sick backpackers and it was amazing. There were about 7 off us that turned up and we spent the day playing board games and we also did a secret Santa for everyone which was extremely cute. Although my Christmas was very different and I probably won’t experience this again, I am so happy I got to witness this and it really was a fantastic day.