Christmas in Australia
As the sun sets at approximately 8.30pm during December, you might wonder how we can get involved in displays of Christmas lights, but somehow we manage it.
I remember driving the kids around town when they were little, usually after the school presentation night, just so they could see the lights – but it’s not the huge thing it is in Northern Hemisphere for obvious reasons.
I have great memories of being in England, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland and Wales, during the Christmas/New Year holidays and loving the coziness, the cold, markets, the light displays and the difference to our usual Christmas season back at home in Australia.
We were so taken with these sets of ‘Christmas candles’ in all the windows in Italy, that we bought our own set home and each year we turn them to add some atmosphere!
Lighting up the night in the Aussie way
So for this post, without any real lights to share from our neck of the woods, I am sharing the arrival of Santa to our combined Rotary/Lions Club Christmas Street Carnival on Friday night.
Santa’s arrival brought so much light, laughter and love to all the children on the night, it’s well worth sharing!
The Street Carnival is an annual event but last year it couldn’t happen due to Covid and the year before it was rained out (which is ironic as the bushfires evacuated the town just a few short weeks later), so it’s the first time in quite a few years that we’ve managed to get it going.
It’s a night where we close off the main street and have market stalls, the shops stay open late, the local fire brigade bring the fire truck in for the kids to climb over, we have lots of free activities and rides for the kids. Everyone has a chance to catch up in a relaxed atmosphere with a sausage sizzle available from the Lions Club. The night is sponsored by the two service clubs and grant funding from the council. It is always a fun night, especially when Santa arrives! (I should declare here that I’m a proud member of the local Rotary Club.)
This year Santa and his Elf arrived in style in the Rotary Club’s new triobikes, and the kids flocked to him to say hello, ask for presents and to have their photo taken with him.
I’m proud to say the Mathematician was the head reindeer driving Santa around and loved the experience! His eyes lit up too 🙂
Out town also has a huge tree on the top of the hill where the hospital is, (it’s called Hospital Hill) and every year the Rotary Club ensures the Christmas lights are turned on for the town to enjoy. It can be seen from a distance and is an annual tradition. We hold a Christmas Light competition for local houses and this is always hotly contested. The main street of town called The Parade, is normally festooned with coloured lights but unfortunately the new globes are still sitting on a wharf in Sydney!
A very different look at lighting up the night but you work with what you’ve got! But we do OK all things considered.
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