Most Australians have been dreaming of a white Christmas
for centuries. But the traditional European Christmas is just
a myth for Australians. Santas wearing thick woollen clothes
don't fit with Australia's thirty-degree heat. Thankfully things
are changing fast. Now they have their own Christmas,
Australia is a country which is largely made up of desert
and sandy beaches. For the first settlers, two hundred years
ago, a plate of corned meat and a mug of billy tea might have
been the best Christmas dinner available. As a new nation
developed and grew richer, people tried to recreate the kind of
Christmas that they used to have in Europe.
Christmas in Australia happens in the summer. However,
we tried our best to deny the reality of a summer Christmas.
In the class-room, children learned songs like Frosty the
Snowman and Jingle Bells. Up until recently, the only Christmas
cards published portrayed white winter Christmases. All this
was a bit ridiculous in a country where 80 per cent of the land
has never witnessed a snowflake, even in winter.
However, the last ten years have witnessed some big
changes in the Australian lifestyle. Many Australians now
believe that the country should break its connections with
Britain and the British Queen.
Now Australians see themselves as inhabitants of the Asia
Pacific region. So now Christmas has got an Australian
It's rare to find a flake of snow on Christmas cards these
days. Now the publishers print Christmas cards with native
Australian animals and landscape scenes of the Australian
On Christmas day you'll find a large percentage of kids on
the beach playing with their new surfboards, building sandcastles
rather than snowmen. Indeed one of the most typical
Australian Christmas presents is a beach towel.
it's not only with food and gifts that Australian
Christmases differ from European ones. Because of the weather,
the atmosphere of Christmas is different.
Instead of being a serious time where most families are
indoors, Australians are usually outdoors in shorts and Tshirts,
taking a cold six-pack of beer to a friend's barbecue.
There are loads of summer festivals with people celebrating
Christmas in carnival style.
What is unique though is something that most Australians
are starting to dream of. That is a Christmas of sunshine,
surf and sand. Although to many Europeans this may seem
strange, to many Australians it's now the only Christmas
worth dreaming of.
1. What have most Australians been dreaming of for
2. Who doesn't fit with Australia's thirty-degree heat?
3. What did people try to recreate?
4. What did Christmas cards portray up until recently?
5. What do the publishers print Christmas cards with?
6. What is one of the most typical Australian Christmas
7. What do Australians do on Christmas day?
myth — миф
desert — пустыня
to recreate — развлекаться
to portray — изображать, рисовать
snowf lake — снежинка
to dream of — мечтать о (чем-либо)