Christmas in Australia is in the middle of summer, therefore, the usual Christmas meal is often salads and cold meats; seafood is very popular, too. Some of the older generation still have the traditional roast meats such as turkey, the traditional favourite, with a honey glazed ham, baked vegetables and plum pudding.
The Christmas meal may either be taken in the middle of the day, which is the hottest part of the day, or in the cooler evening hours. With some families opting for a celebration meal as dinner on Christmas Eve.
Christmas is the major event of the Christian calendar and is celebrated in Australia with many church services which commence on Christmas Eve and continue through Christmas Day. Australia is a nation of immigrants and they have brought with them many different faiths. The local TV news and daily newspapers usually give a report on the numbers attending services at local churches and a summary of the theme of the senior bishops sermon.
A very merry Christmas to all!
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