August 20, 2010, Newsletter Issue #371: Christmas in Australia: Traditions

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The Christmas traditions in Australia include Carols by Candlelight in the parks and gardens of most cities and towns, the gathering of family for a major meal on Christmas day and the mailing of Christmas greeting cards to friends, many of whom we have not contacted since the previous Christmas. To facilitate this, Australia Post issues a series of Christmas stamps, allowing the mailing of Christmas cards at reduced rates. Christmas traditions are usually topped off with the cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, on Boxing Day. Many Australians head to the beach on Christmas day and most families indulge in a family game of cricket, badminton, or some other game in the afternoon, to top off a very relaxing day downunder.

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