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Now Christmas in July seems crazy - I’m sure I hear you say That has got to be plain silly - but this is the Aussie way Christmas is in December you insist it’s a well-known fact But in this land way ‘Down Under’ our seasons are ‘out of whack’ July is Aussie winter while in December it's scorching hot Those Three Wise Men may know the reason but then again maybe not! A time for relaxing with family and friends spreading the good cheer Sip a glass of Lilly Pilli wine or toast with a VB beer Frosty Christmas in December - for some it seems so right Tinsel and baubles festooned - Oh what a delightful sight Presents around the Christmas tree decked with lights and holly Cheery little Santa’s look so happy and so jolly In December air-cons turned cold mimicking our winter in July When Santa rode his sleigh down south to Oz coming from the land up high With a Ho Ho Ho he now powers his jet ski - riding mighty waves He coasts straight onto our golden sands joining parting people and raves
Remember my friends it is a time filled with Peace and Joy To commemorate the Special Birth of a Baby Boy
Worry not friends we don’t miss out on all that wintry good cheer For you see folks here in OZ - Christmas always comes twice a year
Author’s Note: 'Christmas in July', which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide in Australia. July is generally the coldest month of winter, so celebrations emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter. So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces and bonfires. Don’t be alarmed folks! – Just for the record, here in Oz we have a second helping and do celebrate Christmas on 25th December with the rest of the world.
~‘out of whack’ - An Aussie term for ‘Out of Sync’~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Synopsis from the composer of the song and clip - "The Aussie Christmas Song" by Batesy. Published on Dec 18, 2012 ‘One Christmas eve I was singing carols about dashing through the snow & a white Christmas and thought "Aussies don't have snow at Christmas" and it was also 30 degrees outside, so The Aussie Christmas Song was born, it's about sun, sand, backyard cricket, pavlova, and a cold beer - Ah!! - Sing along!!!’

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Date: 5/4/2018 11:14:00 AM
Very clever poem you got here Maria...Christmas in July indeed! Beautiful explanation, Nice Work here! MC
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Date: 5/5/2018 6:50:00 AM
Thanks Marquis, what can I say? We are an odd bunch aren't we? Thanks for the visit....Maria :)
Date: 3/29/2018 10:34:00 PM
Ho ho ho! I can't believe I didn't see this one sooner (like at Christmas time). I just love it though. So clever and cute, Maria, and the song too. Definitely a FAV.
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Date: 12/20/2017 1:33:00 PM
This was such great fun, the pictures, the poem AND the informational message. I had no clue you did second helpings of Christmas . But tell me, does it REALLY get all that cold even in July? Loved this.
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Date: 12/11/2017 9:44:00 AM
Maria: Well done. And that coming from an ageing Grinch. The last lines of course made it perfect for me. Each year there seems to be more Santa and less Savior. Thank you for sharing a bit of Aussie culture with all of us on the soup. oldbuck
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Date: 12/12/2017 1:16:00 AM
Thank you Oldbuck, so glad you enjoyed this fun write dear friend.All the very best to you and your family over the Holy Season and the coming holidays....Maria
Date: 12/8/2017 2:39:00 PM
- I would like to sit on a hot beach with Santa Claus ... here is a terrible storm and really a lot of rain! - I love your Christmas poems, Maria - Gave me smile and warm feelings :) - Best wishes for a lovely weekend - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 12/9/2017 12:30:00 AM
Oh sorry to hear that, storms and rain not a good combination. Today has been lovely over her, sunny but not too hot. Thanks for popping by Anne Lise. always a pleasure with your visits and lovely comments my friend....Maria xxx
Date: 12/3/2017 2:06:00 AM
Excellent. Very well articulated poem. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 12/3/2017 5:11:00 AM
Thanks so much Ravi, both for the visit and lovely comment...Maria
Date: 12/1/2017 3:58:00 PM
An excellent humorous poem, Maria! Nothing strange, though, in celebrating a feast twice; in our village we celebrate the feast of St Paul on 25th January, but because of inclement weather the main celebrations have been transferred to August; thus a feast twice celebrated! ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 12/3/2017 5:13:00 AM
Good to see that we are not the only ones with double celebrations Paul. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to write a comment. My fondest regards...Maria
Date: 12/1/2017 12:02:00 PM
It's only fitting that in the land of Oz Christmas would come twice...A fun and enjoyable read Maria...
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Date: 12/3/2017 5:15:00 AM
Nice to celebrate it both in the heat and cold , lucky us. Thanks for dropping by Joseph, I appreciate it...Maria
Date: 11/30/2017 6:24:00 PM
Oh Maria your country is sure whacky NOT, sounds more fun to me :) Although I can do without snow in July.. Lol! What a fun poem you wrote I truly love it beginning to end. Beautifully done my dear friend! Merry Christmas :) hugs and smiles :) Kina
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Date: 12/1/2017 4:34:00 AM
Thanks for your appreciation my dear friend Kina. Actually, in Sydney we don't get snow, but further west on the Blue Mountains there is usually some snow fall but south west on the Snowy Mountains that's where it gets snowy - Maria xxx
Date: 11/29/2017 7:41:00 AM
Hello Dear Maria!! This one is marvelous and very humorous indeed!! Dear Olde Santa Claus on the beach with his Stein of Beer in hand, eh?? What an image!! I will show this one to Ingrid for I know she'll get a big laugh out of it too!! Very well-done, as always, and Best Christmas Greetings from Ingrid and me!! Gary (P.S. The Aussie Christmas Song is the perfect touch!! GB)
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Date: 12/1/2017 4:31:00 AM
Thank you very much for your comments and review Gary. I trust Ingrid got a laugh out of it. So glad you liked the music too. By the way - in Himmel ist kein champagne either - but in Oz they have perfected it to compete with the France and on the international circuit. Only thing it's not called Champagne as that name belongs to the French region only...All the best for Christmas from us too!
Date: 11/29/2017 4:43:00 AM
When Christmas arrive in our hearts no matter the temperature outside for Jesus is born regardless winter or summer! Informative poem well written dearest friend, Maria! I knew about White Christmas in July for I have visited "Down Under" HOHOHO! Excellent work!
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Date: 11/29/2017 5:39:00 AM
Well you know we don't celebrate it in July, really its only a fun thing and of course commercialism, with the shops making a "big thing" of it as usual. You are very right of course,it matters not the season, the important fact is that Christ was born.Dearest Demetrios thank you for the visit , I really appreciate it my friend...Maria xxx
Date: 11/28/2017 9:52:00 PM
Maria, I enjoyed hearing about Christmas down under. It is usually pleasant for Christmas here in Texas and rarely have snow. Seasons greeting my friend. John
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Date: 11/29/2017 5:56:00 AM
Sounds good in Texas John, as it is in sunny Down Under. You know after spending some time in Europe last year in the freezing frosty temperature that they were having at the time, I thought to myself I really prefer looking at snow and a White Christmas on a Christmas card. thanks john for the visit and lovely comments....Maria
Date: 11/28/2017 10:32:00 AM
Enjoyed reading, Maria, no matter the temperature or place it's still the same Memories of Christ birth is the most important . Hugs Eve
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Date: 11/29/2017 5:41:00 AM
Thank you Eve , you are so right of course it is the memory of Christ that must be kept alive no matter what the season....Maria xxx
Date: 11/27/2017 3:17:00 PM
Love this poem Maria! So much fun to read and with a bright and festive flare! I can't imagine Christmas when it's warm! In NorthEast America .. December is always cold and usually snowy! Best, ~Judy
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:14:00 AM
Thank you so much Judith. I must say though the last three Christmases have been very pleasant, not hot at all. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment...Maria xxx
Date: 11/27/2017 12:04:00 PM
This was a fun, well written poem to read today Maria. Thanks for sharing :)
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:16:00 AM
Thank you Heidi, thought the song would spread a little Aussie Christmas cheer early. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment, good to see you ....Maria xxx
Date: 11/27/2017 8:36:00 AM
We don't get any snow in England anymore, but its always cold.. Must be great to have it on a warm sunny day... however it is traditionally regarded as a cold day, like a 'white' Christmas... Great poem Maria.. Great sense of humour..
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:39:00 AM
Thank you Si. Great song isn't? In true Aussie style and wit.Which i'm sure takes some getting used to,it's an acquired taste like they jokingly say. I thought i'd spread some early Christmas cheer and Goodwill....Maria
Date: 11/27/2017 7:25:00 AM
I enjoyed reading this beautiful poem--learned something new--well written and well articulated, Maria!
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:43:00 AM
One can always learn something from this PS site Vijay. why only today I learned a new word "Meraki' from Silent Ones poem. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment, always appreciated my friend...Maria
Date: 11/27/2017 6:06:00 AM
Beautiful depiction of Christmas in Aussie land lol...great write my friend and happy holidays, Maria & Ron...god bless...^WW^
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Date: 11/27/2017 6:52:00 AM
Thanks WW, great to see you my dear friend. We still celebrate Christmas the traditional way, with family and friends. Leave the beach for the younger set. That song is so funny though , just had to bring out a poem for that.Lol ...Maria
Date: 11/27/2017 4:42:00 AM
It's the same here...Although this year I might be in the snow...but that's the way to live Christmas on the beach...All the best to you Maria
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Date: 11/27/2017 5:07:00 PM
Ha ha ha...You make me laugh... I'm a Caribbean man...on the beach nearly every weekend...Only this year... it might be so...in Wyoming... I never imagined Japan though...All the best to you Maria
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Date: 11/27/2017 5:26:00 AM
Thanks for visiting Arturo - Where would that be? - Have a great holiday in the Snow - Japan has a lot of snow around that time and they have a great spirit for Christmas with the most amazing Decorations on the streets and Carols being played through the PA systems. Maria