Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Around the World for Christmas! Another Down Under Stop

Wrap up the ‘roos and the ‘toos, we are going to Australia! Kangaroos and Cockatoos that is.

Following most of the rest of the world in festival traditions, Australian festivals are much like what the rest of the faithful observe for Christmas. The influence of the European Christmas makes the celebrations almost the same. Well, except for no snow, so keep your mittens and hats in your pockets for this trip.

The schools in Australia recognize the holiday and let all the stocking stuffers out for the day.

The influx of immigrants is taking the traditional holiday and putting other twists on it. With all the ethnic influences, the traditions will begin to change in the future to incorporate other national traditions.

Until then, the population of 18 million Australians share the holidays by spending time with family and friends, sharing gifts and eating lots of yummy food. Lots and lots of yummy food. Beach picnics and camping trips are not uncommon ways to celebrate the holidays. It is summer, after all.

A typical feast is filled with seafood, chicken, duck, turkey, deli meats, glazed ham and pasta. A favorite dessert is a Russian delight called pavlova. This is a meringue based dessert named after famed ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. There is a bit of a tussle over whether the dessert originated in New Zealand or Australia, but both countries agree that is was inspired by Pavlova. This dessert has a thin crust and is filled with kiwi, strawberries or passionfruit. It has lots and lots of cream.

Customary and recognizable traditional decorations and rituals are about the same as their European counterparts. There is caroling and greeting cards. There are traditional Christmas Eve services at churches and a mass on Christmas day for the Catholic participants.

The Australian Christmas Bush is a traditional decorative plant used in holiday decorations. This is also their fire season, so many of the members of the fire department are on high alert to wildfires.

The warm weather encourages outdoor candlelight services on Christmas Eve, and a crowd of participants gathering in Melbourne for the service can number into the thousands. This is a televised service, and it is filled with traditional carols and those carols particular to Australia like “Santa Never Made it into Darwin” or “Six White Boomers”.

Six White Boomers
Early on one Christmas Day, a Joey Kanga-roo,
Was far from home and lost in a great big zoo.
Mummy, where's my mummy? They've taken her a-way.
We'll help you find your mummy, son. Hop up on the sleigh.
Up beside the bag of toys little Joey hopped,
But they hadn't gone far when Santa stopped.
Unharnessed all the reindeer and Joey wondered why,
Then he heard a far off booming in the sky.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
On his Australian run.

Pretty soon old Santa began to feel the heat,
Took his fur-lined boots off to cool his feet,
Into one popped Joey, feeling quite okay,
While those old man kangaroos kept pulling on the sleigh.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
On his Australian run.

Joey said to Santa, Santa, what about the toys?
Aren't you giving some to these girls and boys?
They've got all their presents, son, we were here last night,
This trip is an extra trip, Joey's special flight.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
On his Australian run.

Soon the sleigh was flashing past, right over Marble Bar,
Slow down there, cried Santa, it can't be far,
Come up on my lap here, son, and have a look around.
There she is, that's Mummy, bounding up and down.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
On his Australian run.

Well that's the bestest Christmas treat that Joey ever had,
Curled up in mother's pouch feeling snug and glad.
The last they saw was Santa heading northwards from the sun,
The only year the boomers worked a double run.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
On his Australian run.

(by the way, a boomer is an adult male kangaroo)

Thanks to Catherine and Seamus for making Blu and I laugh out loud when they shared this!

When it is all said and done, the next day is celebrated with Boxing Day.

This tradition is derived from the thought that employers boxed gifts for their employees the day after Christmas. Now, it is celebrated by cricket. The Australian team competes on Boxing Day, and those who are still in the holiday spirit cheer on their team during the test match. Sailing fans enjoy the start of the Bluewater Classic with the launching of the yacht race from Sydney to Hobart.

All in all, the day is spent playing in the water, basking in the sun and picnicking on the beach while singing about boomers and eating pavlov.

Maybe one of those boomers has put something beautiful under the tree for all the little joeys.


Swirls And Twirls Polymer Clay, Swarovski Crystal Wirewrap Earrings


Hand Knit Plucky Penguin Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth In Blueberry Blue


Royal blue women's plain sweatshirt jacket button opening size 2X-5X


Blue and White Double Yarn Hand Loomed Toddler Hat


Black diamond hand beaded blue glass cabochon Swarovski necklace


Handmade Kyanite Earrings Sterling Blue Gemstone Beaded OOAK Jewelry


edgy aqua blue sea glass earrings sterling silver


Decorator Pillow UNDERSEA GARDEN Quilted and Handmade


Dichroic Glass Earrings, Purple Blue and Black, Dangle, Handmade


Cross Ornament With Inspirational Word Hope Handcrafted from Ash Wood


Crocheted Lace Blue and White Starburst Doily - Holiday Crystal Edging


Tibetan Resin Bead and Turquoise Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings


White Poinsettia on Light Blue Table Runner with Snowflakes


12 Bunny Rabbit Favor Tags for boy


Christmas Stocking - Marvel Comics - Super Hero


Handknit Blue Dog Coat


Blue Lace Agate Sapphire and Silver Beaded Necklace Blue Agate Pendant


Aqua Quartz Heart Beads


Handmade Any Occasion or Friendship Card Antique Tea Cup Navy White


Knitted Blue and White Super Bulky Scarf


Blue Bead Glass Wire Wrapped Blue Copper Ring


Blue Agate and Pearl Necklace, Silver Chain


25 Die Cut Gift Tag - Handmade Punched - Vintage Children Books - Blue Stormy Seas


Thank you Note Card Set Blue Snowflakes by ArtBySunfire

Maybe some of these have found their way into stockings and boxes.


Blue Crystal Earrings With Sterling Silver Chain Dangle Wire Wrapped


Spring and Summer Blue Flower Handmade Bracelet


Blue flower Necklace with Swarovski Crystals Polymer Clay Czech Beads


Lapis Pendant, Coral, Crystals, Glass Pearls and Silver Necklace, Blue


Pretty Cobalt Blue Earrings with Dichroic Accents and Sterling Wires


Don't Be Blue Owl Glass Charm Bracelet


Handmade Blue Cats eye gem Mother of Pearl Memory wire bangle bracelet


Dark blue satin pearl bracelet linked sterling silver toggle clasp


Beige and Blue Coconut Palm Wood Rondelle Beads 5mm Set of 60


Blue Aventurine Necklace


Wire Wrapped Blue Crystal Necklace

Kick the sand out of your shoes, stop poking the boomers, finish your beach drinks and climb into the sleigh. We are on our way around the world and leave those beautiful Australian beaches and reefs behind to people singing about Santa and the kangaroos.

Julie and Blu


  1. Every beautiful shade of blue is here! Thank you Julie, for this fascinating blog about the holidays in Australia! I'll be checking the skies for Boomers! ;) Jo

  2. Hahahahahahahaha . . . LOVE the song - hadn't thought about it in years and years!!! We had a record (45 rpm - remember those?) as a kid so I had to search youtube to see if they had the song. Here's a link: Wonderful blog as always, Julie and Blu! And the wonderful picks remind me of the big blue Australian sky. Thank you for including my kyanite bracelet. Sharing with the world now.

  3. Dazzling blues! Good reading about Christmas in Australia! Thank you for showing my blue pearl bracelet. :)

  4. So many gorgeous shades of blue. Love reading about the different customs and songs around the world! I never had heard that song before so thanks to Catherine for sharing it with you and thereby with us. Thank you for including my table runner.

  5. Fun to read about the boomers. Thanks for including my blue agate necklace. Now off to share...

  6. How wonderful! wonderful selections!
    Thank you for including my beads from my shop TravelingGypsies and my ring from my shop Readesigns!


  7. A lovely assortment of blues! Thank you for including my knit scarf.

  8. Interesting story and song. Can't wait to hear more! Thanks for including my blue crystal dangle earrings.

  9. Wonderful read about Australia, Julie. It reminded me of when I met a lady while there and she told me her family and most families she knew, always cooked the traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Day. They got up early, cooked early, ate early, cleaned up fast and headed for the beach after dinner. Sweltering hot there at Christmas time.
    Thank you for including my decorator pillow in your wonderful blog.

  10. Amazing Blue! Don't be blue with these beautiful items! Thanks for including me. Will share. Eve

  11. Such beautiful blue gift suggestions.

  12. I loved reading your post! Thank you for adding my mini cards to your wonderful story!

  13. How could anyone choose just one of these gorgeous creations!! What a truly amazing gift any one of these creations would be! That dessert looks amazing Julie! Yummm! Thank you so much for including my necklace and for all of the extra promotion you are doing!

  14. Oh my gosh, I just loved the video of the 6 white boomers! hysterical! Great information on the blog and truly fabulous work showcased by the very talented artisans on Artfire. Thanks for all the effort Jule & Blu :)

  15. Ooops, forgot about the THANKS for including my tea cup card :)

  16. I was wondering where you would take us next on our Week 2 Christmas adventure. Just love all the information...those Aussie's sound like they have a terrific time. Thank you for putting this together and for including my blue Tibet earrings. Off to promote!

  17. Lots of gorgeous blues, thank you for including my blue and beige beads.

  18. Thanks so much for featuring my Marvel Comics Christmas stocking in this beautiful blue collection! I'll share it on my Facebook page!

  19. Thanks Julie & Blu!

    Great items featured here!

    Will tweet this post


  20. Loved the cute video! And all the gorgeous blues. Thank you for including my earrings. Sharing -

  21. Loved the cute video! And all the gorgeous blues. Thank you for including my earrings. Sharing -

  22. What a fun trip to the Land Down Under with blues and boomers! Here in Florida some folks head to the beach, too, on Christmas, although not many actually swim in the colder water. lol

  23. How strange to Americans would it be to have Christmas in the summer!?!
    Six White Boomers is a cute song. Ry, my three year old watched the video with me. It might be one we watch over and over. Fabulous items. Thank you for including my loomed toddler hat. Off to share!

  24. You keep teaching me all kinds of new things, Julie! Thank you for that and for putting together such a nice collection of handcrafted gift ideas...and including my earrings! Sharing now!

  25. What a great way to find out how others celebrate Christmas. These are very nice blue colors.

  26. Beautiful blue items. Loved reading this post.

  27. Thanks for the wonderful information about Christmas in Australia. I always wondered why it was called Boxing Day...

  28. I love blue! Lots of great stuff here.

  29. Oh my, I seemed to miss this one, my apology. Great post, Julie! I love the blues! And thank you so much for including me.