Christmas for Brisbane Kids is an exciting and magical time steeped in family traditions and special memories, from the annual hanging of festive decorations to the tasty treats shared with loved ones. Whether you’re looking for great inspiration for your family festivities or ways to celebrate the wonderful Australian yuletide culture, you’ll love these Aussie-themed Christmas ideas!
Do you wanna build a sandman?
Let’s face it, for most of us in Australia, the only white stuff we’re going to see this Christmas is sand. So if you’re heading to the beach over the holidays, why not build a cool sandman like these ones found on Facebook?
Down Under decorations
For a beautiful Aussie Christmas decoration, forget holly and mistletoe and check out these awesome alternatives. We love the simplicity of this eucalyptus wreath found on Temple & Webster.
This one seen on The Kids Are All Right incorporates the stunning flowers from native Australian flowering gum trees for that authentic red and green Christmas look.
These simple gumnuts and red berries seen on flickr make a lovey Aussie-style Christmas decoration. (Just make sure the berries are not poisonous if being left near kids.)
If you’re going all out on the Aussie theme, check out these quirky thong Christmas decorations found on childcarelounge.com!
Fair dinkum print’ems!
Kids will love these cute Aussie animal candy cane holders, which are available as FREE printables from Mother Natured.
There are also FREE printable Aussie themed gift tags from Mother Natured too!
More than just another shrimp on the barbie!
It wouldn’t be an Aussie Christmas without a glazed ham and we’ve found this awesome recipe for Jamie Oliver’s Crackin’ Christmas Glaze on Yahoo7!
Remember to pre-order your seafood so you can make a delicious seafood platter like this one seen here.
We love the simplicity and festive colours of this beautiful layered salad that is perfect for a hot Aussie Christmas Day. Check out A Beach Cottage for a full recipe with instructions.
These BBQ prawns are way more than just ‘another shrimp on the barbie’! You can find the full recipe on What Katie ate.
Kids will love these watermelon Christmas trees (seen on Pinterest) to cool them down on Christmas Day!
How cute are these wonderful melted snowmen cookies? Olaf + an Aussie summer Christmas = A happy snowman!! (Full recipe on My Frugal Adventures)
A must-have pav
It’s hard to think of Australian Christmas without thinking of a delicious summer fruit pavlova. Well, now you can say a big Aussie ‘ba humbug’ to anyone who thinks these sweet and refreshing desserts aren’t Christmassy enough with these brilliant ideas. You can create a beautiful Christmas wreath pavlova like this one found on The Cake Bar.
Or why not try this simple and lovely Christmas tree decoration seen on Pinterest?
But if you really have a craving for Christmas pudding, but can’t face it in the Aussie heat, why not try this spectacular Donna Hay recipe for a frozen Christmas pudding? Yum!
An Aussie Night Before Christmas
To get your kids into the Australian Christmas mood, why not read them a great Australian Christmas story? There is the classic ‘Wombat Divine’ by Mem Fox.
‘Santa’s Aussie Holiday’ by Maria Farrer.
And of course, ‘An Aussie Night Before Christmas’ by Yvonne Morrison (all available on Booktopia).
For more ideas for an Aussie Christmas to remember, check out our 60 Christmas Traditions, and our Brisbane Kids Guide to Christmas has all the best events, activities, lights and more for you and your Brisbane Kids to enjoy this festive season!