Christmas is approaching so for the next few weeks I will be doing some Christmas post, starting with some facts about Christmas in Australia, yes I may have done something like this in the past but I am doing it again because it's my blog and I can........
Australians typically tuck into around 22,000 tonnes of prawns** during the festive period, the equivalent of 10 Olympic sized swimming pools full of prawns
Australians are expected to spend more than $30 billion this Christmas, with people spending just shy of $1500 each on average. Last year, the average Australian spent $1361 around the holidays, whereas this year, it is expected each Aussie will fork out $1479.
Australians often celebrate Christmas Day by enjoying a Christmas lunch or dinner with their closest family and friends. The meal usually consists of a selection of hot and cold dishes, including fresh seafood.
Australian children set out cookies for Santa, but instead of milk, they leave him an ice-cold glass of beer. After all, December is summer in the land Down Under. The children leave carrots for Santa's reindeer to munch on, too.
In Australia, it's unclear how many Christmas trees are cut each year, but data from an international study in 2016 showed that only 9 per cent of Aussies had a real Christmas tree compared to 59 per cent who owned artificial trees. The remaining 32 per cent opted to have no tree at all.