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Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:00 am

Just wondering if our friends in Australia, Argentina, New Zealand. ect.. use fake snow to decorate christmas trees, and if Santa still wears that heavy coat.

More serirouly, the everyone any one care to share different xmas or holiday traditions from where ever they are from?

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:09 am

Parts of Argentina get snow, don't they? I think they get some snow, because they are close the the South Pole, but I could be wrong.
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:16 am

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.

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:17 am

The same is true in Australia KYIPpilot. Some parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania had snowfalls on christmas day last year.

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:51 am

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.
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:55 am

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.
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 10:39 am

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.
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:26 pm

My family always gets in the boat(s) and head out. Water-skiing is our traditional Xmas activity.

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 6:27 pm

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 ...
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 9:20 pm

Looks like everyone eats and drinks and visits friends and family. Santa still wears that big woolly red coat and trousers.

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Thu Dec 18, 2003 9:28 pm

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.

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:08 am

Yes, I didn't express clearly : More like eat and drink ... but the Xmas spirit is more present in the Northern Hemisphere countries as Xmas is associated with snow, etc.
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Fri Dec 19, 2003 1:28 am

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!

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Fri Dec 19, 2003 1:47 am

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
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Fri Dec 19, 2003 2:37 am

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.
 
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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Fri Dec 19, 2003 4:37 am

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.

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RE: Xmas In S. Hemisphere

Fri Dec 19, 2003 5:16 am

I comepletely agree with QANTASFOREVER. X-Mas is celebrated here like any other country.

Santa Pants wears the traditional clothing  Big thumbs up

We here in SA sometimes celebrate X-Mas in the rain  Wink/being sarcastic or in blisterin heat.

Rgds and a happy X-Mas

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