History UsefulNotes / ChristmasInAustralia

17th Sep '17 10:13:27 AM nombretomado
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'''Christmas In Australia''' tends to be similar to [[AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas in Britain]], with a few necessary changes.

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'''Christmas In Australia''' tends to be similar to [[AVeryBritishChristmas [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas in Britain]], with a few necessary changes.
17th Sep '17 10:01:04 AM nombretomado
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As a result, later Christmas activities can involve going to the beach, assuming a) you live near a beach (which most do, with a generous idea of 'near'), and b) you're south of the Tropic of Capricorn -- most of [[AustralianWildlife the more notorious Australian sea life]] are found north of that line, and they are ''not'' a laughing matter. If your family owns a pool, odds are most of Christmas Day will be spent in it, with short breaks for lunch/dinner.

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As a result, later Christmas activities can involve going to the beach, assuming a) you live near a beach (which most do, with a generous idea of 'near'), and b) you're south of the Tropic of Capricorn -- most of [[AustralianWildlife [[UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife the more notorious Australian sea life]] are found north of that line, and they are ''not'' a laughing matter. If your family owns a pool, odds are most of Christmas Day will be spent in it, with short breaks for lunch/dinner.
27th Jun '17 4:18:03 PM nombretomado
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** There are also all kinds of house rules, such as Tippy Go[[note]]or Tippity, Tip-and-run, Tip-hit, Hit and run, Tipsy, Tipneys, One Tip depending on the state[[/note]] where the batsman has to run when they hit the ball even if they just hit the tip. Common additions include Six and Out, where hard to field areas such as the roof or the water when at the beach are worth 6 runs and an automatic, and Can't get out first ball, for when younger and less coordinated players are in the family. TheOtherWiki has a bigger list [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backyard_cricket here]].

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** There are also all kinds of house rules, such as Tippy Go[[note]]or Tippity, Tip-and-run, Tip-hit, Hit and run, Tipsy, Tipneys, One Tip depending on the state[[/note]] where the batsman has to run when they hit the ball even if they just hit the tip. Common additions include Six and Out, where hard to field areas such as the roof or the water when at the beach are worth 6 runs and an automatic, and Can't get out first ball, for when younger and less coordinated players are in the family. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a bigger list [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backyard_cricket here]].
7th May '17 9:58:53 AM nombretomado
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** For the same reasons of "we want to sit in an air-conditioned cinema and be entertained", a lot of movies get released on Boxing Day in Australia. They're usually fantasy, science fiction, or in some manner fantastical, although there's usually a comedy in there as well. All three installments of ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'', ''Film/Eragon'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', ''TransformersTheMovie'' and plenty of others came out that day.

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** For the same reasons of "we want to sit in an air-conditioned cinema and be entertained", a lot of movies get released on Boxing Day in Australia. They're usually fantasy, science fiction, or in some manner fantastical, although there's usually a comedy in there as well. All three installments of ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'', ''Film/Eragon'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', ''TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' and plenty of others came out that day.
2nd Apr '17 11:38:39 AM nombretomado
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* The commercial networks don't generally air [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas-themed television episodes]], because it's the summer non-ratings period, meaning that we only get to the Christmas-themed episodes of American sitcoms around May. However, they can and have been made, the season final of ''Series/BlueHeelers'' for example, as well an early ''RoundTheTwist'' episode and a few from HomeAndAway (which runs all year). TheABC airs quite a lot of Christmas-themed stuff, including the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special. Christmas movies also air as ubiquitously as anywhere else.

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* The commercial networks don't generally air [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas-themed television episodes]], because it's the summer non-ratings period, meaning that we only get to the Christmas-themed episodes of American sitcoms around May. However, they can and have been made, the season final of ''Series/BlueHeelers'' for example, as well an early ''RoundTheTwist'' episode and a few from HomeAndAway ''Series/HomeAndAway'' (which runs all year). TheABC airs quite a lot of Christmas-themed stuff, including the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special. Christmas movies also air as ubiquitously as anywhere else.
30th Jul '16 12:07:21 PM nombretomado
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** This also has an example of LargeHam. John Foreman (composer, songwriter and also the guy who would set up the live bands for shows like DancingWithTheStars or AustralianIdol) often conducts the orchestra, but for the Hallelujah chorus, he hands the reins over to someone else. He will then proceed to take the cymbals and does something with them while he's waiting for his big moment at the finale. In the last couple of years, this has included him walking around the entire park, standing up on stage and standing in the pit, all with the hammiest grin on his face. You can tell he has an absolute BLAST wit this song.

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** This also has an example of LargeHam. John Foreman (composer, songwriter and also the guy who would set up the live bands for shows like DancingWithTheStars ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' or AustralianIdol) often conducts the orchestra, but for the Hallelujah chorus, he hands the reins over to someone else. He will then proceed to take the cymbals and does something with them while he's waiting for his big moment at the finale. In the last couple of years, this has included him walking around the entire park, standing up on stage and standing in the pit, all with the hammiest grin on his face. You can tell he has an absolute BLAST wit this song.
17th Jun '16 4:05:42 AM Adept
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*** The Creator/SevenNetwork ''must'' devote half their primetime schedule to ''TheVicarOfDibley'' repeats for a week before Christmas.[[note]]Despite what was mentioned a few points above, these repeats always include at least one ChristmasEpisode, usually aired on Christmas Eve.[[/note]]
*** NetworkTen on most years will air ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' on Christmas Eve.

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*** The Creator/SevenNetwork ''must'' devote half their primetime schedule to ''TheVicarOfDibley'' ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' repeats for a week before Christmas.[[note]]Despite what was mentioned a few points above, these repeats always include at least one ChristmasEpisode, usually aired on Christmas Eve.[[/note]]
*** NetworkTen Creator/NetworkTen on most years will air ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' on Christmas Eve.



* Don't forget Carols by Candlelight! One such event is held is almost every city in the lead-up to Christmas, but the original (and the best) is the one held in Melbourne. The NineNetwork traditionally broadcasts the Melbourne carols, which have been hosted by journalist Ray Martin for nearly twenty years; neighbouring countries including New Zealand also get the broadcast of the Melbourne event for some reason.

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* Don't forget Carols by Candlelight! One such event is held is almost every city in the lead-up to Christmas, but the original (and the best) is the one held in Melbourne. The NineNetwork Creator/NineNetwork traditionally broadcasts the Melbourne carols, which have been hosted by journalist Ray Martin for nearly twenty years; neighbouring countries including New Zealand also get the broadcast of the Melbourne event for some reason.
17th Jun '16 3:58:57 AM Adept
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* {{SBS}} ''will'' play a Creator/HayaoMiyazaki film on Christmas Day at around 8pm.

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* {{SBS}} Creator/{{SBS}} ''will'' play a Creator/HayaoMiyazaki film on Christmas Day at around 8pm.



*** The SevenNetwork ''must'' devote half their primetime schedule to ''TheVicarOfDibley'' repeats for a week before Christmas.[[note]]Despite what was mentioned a few points above, these repeats always include at least one ChristmasEpisode, usually aired on Christmas Eve.[[/note]]

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*** The SevenNetwork Creator/SevenNetwork ''must'' devote half their primetime schedule to ''TheVicarOfDibley'' repeats for a week before Christmas.[[note]]Despite what was mentioned a few points above, these repeats always include at least one ChristmasEpisode, usually aired on Christmas Eve.[[/note]]
26th Mar '16 9:26:34 AM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} has a couple of its own traditions: the Myer Christmas windows, an elaborate display in the front of department store Myer in Bourke Street, and the Boxing Day Test, a {{Cricket}} match that begins on December 26th.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} has a couple of its own traditions: the Myer Christmas windows, an elaborate display in the front of department store Myer in Bourke Street, and the Boxing Day Test, a {{Cricket}} UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} match that begins on December 26th.



* It's also a tradition to play {{cricket}} when your family is over, usually by using a plastic cricket set or substituting with something like wheelie bins and a bat. Similarly, there's beach cricket, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin transposing cricket to a beach setting]] with all the fun of trying to run around on deep sand; in which case, a boogie board generally serves as the wickets if none are available.

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* It's also a tradition to play {{cricket}} UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} when your family is over, usually by using a plastic cricket set or substituting with something like wheelie bins and a bat. Similarly, there's beach cricket, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin transposing cricket to a beach setting]] with all the fun of trying to run around on deep sand; in which case, a boogie board generally serves as the wickets if none are available.
16th Apr '15 2:38:44 PM Morgenthaler
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*** NetworkTen on most years will air MontyPythonsMeaningOfLife on Christmas Eve.

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*** NetworkTen on most years will air MontyPythonsMeaningOfLife ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' on Christmas Eve.
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