QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 744 times:
Christmas in Australia is a decidedly traditional affair on the whole. Many realise the futility in trying to recreate a "winter wonderland" with fake snow. Many these days prefer a nice tree, tasteful decorations, and light summer food.
Of course there are those people who really kitsch it up - usually involving a santa in boardshorts. But this is thankfully not widespread.
Lima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 15 Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 731 times:
Yes in the south of Argentina temperatures can fall to 5C average but in Buenos Aires is not uncommon to have 30 degrees. In the north, like Catamarca, more than 40 degrees. As you see very diverse.
In Argentina they try to keep the decorations and yes the Santa wears the same winter stuff. Hard work! But many we see it as a contradiction to eat foods that are meant for winter places like turron, nuts, panetone. For the tree they use cotton if we want the snow effect.
A typical Christmas day people will spend visiting friends and family, being outside, sunbathing, barbeque. Friends from the northern hemisphere who visited for this time feel is very exotic being on a summer Christmas.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 708 times:
Christmas day can vary greatly in terms of temperature. Although it is summer there have been some years where the temp has been in the 15-20C range and other years where the temp has been 35-40C which it looks like it may reach this year.
Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 699 times:
Here in Chile we celebrate Christmas in the "northern hemisphere" style. I like it, but it is not very nice to eat "winter" food with 30ºC. We use to eat turkey, pan de pascua (a sweet bread full of nuts,raisins and some other stuff) and drink "cola de mono" which is a liquor that tastes like Baileys Irish cream.
Kingsford From Ukraine, joined Nov 2003, 427 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 666 times:
I will have a beautiful traditional white Christmas Eve in Bucharest, Romania (-5C) and the next day head to Otopeni catch LH to Frankfurt where I have five hours so Xmas day will be in Germany, then on to Singapore and Sydney. New-Years' Eve will be warm and spent surfin' on the Northern Beaches ...
I love the contrast ! Usually during Xmas, some people in OZ gather on the beach and drink ...
QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 647 times:
Usually during Xmas, some people in OZ gather on the beach and drink ...
Perhaps it's not as debauched as all that. Drinking on a public beach is illegal in many areas. Honestly, an Australian Christmas is very similar to a European or North American Christmas with the obvious difference of climate.
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4259 posts, RR: 12 Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 627 times:
Having spent Christmas in both summer and winter I don't find either of them strange, but everything about Christmas is more 'believable' one could say if it is not hot and humid outside...
Of course, like posters above have mentioned, in Argentina at least you can go to provinces where it can actually snow and be chilly Dec 25th, but even in Tierra del Fuego they do have a summer, so it's kind of random luck to get that kind of weather (furthermore, in far southern Argentina if I'm not mistaken it is actually not totally dark at midnight!!!)
I think the southern hemisphere gets even in the New Year's holiday. I think it is ways better and tons more fun to celebrate and party in New Year's in warm weather. You can be outside without any worries and dress nicely and comfortably. You can drink, meet girls, set off fireworks, party... I've had much more fun in southern hemisphere new year parties!
[Edited 2003-12-18 17:34:25]
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Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 621 times:
In Lebanon (not Southern Hemisphere), Xmas is celebrated as you'd imagine, decorations all over the streets (with our tree at the center of the city documented in I don't know what website this year for being the 10th or 20th biggest in the world, smthg like that, really), in the houses the xmas tree is made about 3 weeks in advance, family dinner, the church sometimes, gifts "appear" under the tree for the kids in the morning, etc etc I was one of the last to accept that Santa didn't exist
The Muslim community enjoys the season just as much and parties in the clubs/pubs with the rest for the occasion
Hartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 614 times:
In Sao Paulo, Santa still wears the heavy suit like in the US. Even though very few people have seen snow or icicles down there, you'll will still see on occasion decorative light that are supposed to be icicles. Most everyone has a three week vacation for Christmas and New Years, and most go to the beaches that are about 50 km away.
QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 606 times:
but the Xmas spirit is more present in the Northern Hemisphere countries as Xmas is associated with snow, etc.
I completely disagree with you. The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the Southern Hemisphere - people who are born and bred in the south have probably never known a white christmas so enjoy christmas as much as those in the north.