My Christmas Days in Germany:
For me the Christmas days are the most important (religious) and most familiar days in the whole year.
It is the time, when it gets cold -sometimes you get snow-, when you start baking christmas cookies, when the christmas markets are open (and you drink hot chocolate and you eat a lot of sweets), when you have to look for amazing presents for your friends and family and when you put your adventcalendar on your wall.
In the night from the 5th to the 6th of December the Nicolaus is coming to your home and put some chocolate or presents in your shoes. So every child puts his shoes over night outside and left some cookies and milk for the Nicolaus there.
Every sunday you sit together with your family and turn one of the four candlos of the ‘adventskranz‘ on and every day you open one of the 24 presents – to count to the christmas eve.
We celebrate the Christmas Eve on the 24th of December, in our christian religion jesus gots born in the crib on this day. The 25th is our first and the 26th the second Christmas Day. On this Days you are together with your family, eat together, gets presents and visit the church.
This year I am in Australia, without my family and without all those tradition. I am in Brisbane and it is 30 degrees – so no snow and definetly not cold. We can not bake cookies without an oven in the hostel. So you not really have this christmas feeling in the beginning of December like at home.
But you definetly can get a (little) christmas feeling in the beautiful city Brisbane.
What can you do at the Christmas Days in Brisbane?
- Watch the Lightning of the Xmas Tree – join the Christmas Carol, the visit of the Santa next to the King George Square, before the tree oficially lights up
- Shop at the Southbank Christmas Market – a cute market with a few clothes, sweets and decoration stuff
- Watch the Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime – join about 100 colourful and talented performers (singer, musicer or dancer) and see the Santa at the Queen Street
- Catch a movie at the Christmas Cinema Series – chill out in the Lagoon or at the little Beach at Southbank and join one of the typical Christmas Movies
- Sing along at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols – listen to the christmas songs and wath a cute performed christmas story
- Watch the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular – see the magical light show set against the city hall
- Watch the Christmas Fireworks Spectacular – see a spectacular firework over the Brisbane River
- Get your Santa photo at Myer – get a photo with the Santa or send a letter with your wishes to the North Pole
Christmas is still not like your Christmas at home, but Brisbane make it possible to have at least a little or even big christmas feeling. Espacially for us Backpackers Brisbane gives us a chance to see christmas movies, to go to a christmas market etc.
So it is not the same Christmas, a different Christmas, but also a really nice Christmas.
But if you be with friends and do a few of the things I mentioned before, then you will have such a nice Christmas.
The Christmas Days are now over, but I had a really nice Christmas and a really nice time in Sydney. So if you are next year in Australia, I really advise you to spend your Christmas Days in Brisbane.