How Do Australians Celebrate Christmas In The Heat Of Summer?

In the world of holiday movies, we often associate Christmas with snow-covered landscapes, cozy fireplaces, and warm cocoa. But in Australia, where December is Summertime, Christmas paints a different, yet equally magical picture. Julian Haig, who hails from Down Under and stars in the UPtv holiday mystery movie, “Dial S For Santa,” shares some of the ways Australians have their own unique way of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. 

Embracing the Aussie Spirit 

For Julian, going home for Christmas means immersing himself in the sunny, festive celebrations of his native land. In Australia, Christmas arrives during the height of summer, turning the holiday traditions into a vibrant and sun-kissed affair. While many may picture snowflakes, Australians are basking in the warm sunshine, creating unforgettable memories with family and friends. 

Beachside Bliss and Yuletide Barbecues 

Imagine this: instead of snow angels, families are building sandcastles on the beach. It’s a common sight in Australia during the festive season. Julian’s family tradition of celebrating by the beach is a testament to this laid-back yet joyful way of spending Christmas. Whether it’s a dip in the ocean or a game of beach cricket, Aussies embrace the outdoors as an integral part of their celebrations. 

Feasting Fit for a Sunny Christmas 

While the traditional Christmas feast includes turkey and roast potatoes in many parts of the world, Australians have their unique take on the culinary celebrations. Barbecues take center stage, with seafood reigning supreme. Prawns, fish, and a variety of meats and vegetables sizzle on grills across the country. Fresh salads, sauces, and bread complement the smoky flavors, creating a sumptuous meal that embodies the spirit of Australian Christmas. 

Indulgent Desserts to Delight 

No Christmas celebration Down Under is complete without indulging in delectable desserts. From the iconic pavlova adorned with fresh fruits and cream to classic favorites like pudding, mince pies, fruitcake, and the myriad variations of trifle (a layered dessert), Australians have a sweet tooth that makes the festive season even more delightful. 

Street Parties and Carols by Candlelight 

As evening falls on Christmas Day, Aussie streets come alive with impromptu gatherings. Families revel in the warmth of the season, with quiet roads paving the way for spontaneous cricket matches, creating a friendly neighborhood buzz. And Carols by Candlelight events illuminate cities, drawing families outdoors to enjoy musical performances  

Family, Fun, and Festivity 

Above all, Christmas in Australia is about coming together. Families unite, friends gather, and communities bond over shared joy and merriment. It’s a time for laughter, creating memories, and cherishing the warmth of the season amidst the sunlit backdrop of summer. 

As “Dial S For Santa” captures the essence of the holiday spirit, Julian Haig’s connection to his Australian roots sheds light on a Christmas experience that’s as unique as it is enchanting. So, while you snuggle up to watch this UPtv holiday movie, take a moment to envision the sunny shores and cheerful celebrations that define an Aussie Christmas. 

To see Julian’s full interview, download the My UPtv app. You can also access other exclusive content, view the UPtv schedule, and set program reminders, including a reminder for “Dial S for Santa” Sunday, December 17th at 7 pm and 11 pm EST. “Dial S for Santa” is a heartwarming blend of mystery, romance, and festive cheer as sparks of romance begin fly between crime Detective Nick (Julian Haig) and crime sleuth Lara (Sarah Dugdale). “Dial S for Santa” is also available on UP Faith & Family