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Bid the Old Year Goodbye - Let's Have a Christmas Beer

Updated on December 18, 2016
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Christmas in Australia

In Australia, Christmas comes in the towards the beginning of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from mid-December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas.

Most families try to be home together for Christmas and the main meal is normally eaten at lunch time, often in the form of a barbecue with seafood such as prawns and lobsters along with the 'traditional English' food like ham, pork, sausages, chicken or turkey. This is often followed by a cold Christmas dinner with salad to use up the leftovers.

Christmas is also a time where family and friends get together to share a cold beer or other alcoholic drinks. People often stock their bar to cater for unexpected visitors, even if they drink very little throughout the year.

Santa Claus also gives his reindeer a rest when he visits the Land Down Under, instead enlisting 'six white boomers' (kangaroos) to pull his sleigh.

Bid the Old Year Goodbye - Let's Have a Christmas Beer

Christmas comes 'round quicker every year

At least that's how it seems.

Maybe God has sped up time,

Or it's some universal scheme.

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The New Year's barely come and gone,

Celebrations just died down,

Easter, May Day, Thanksgiving,

And the next Christmas comes around.

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Every week has been so full

With little time to rest.

Lots of goals have been attained,

Despite the many tests.

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Now December's here again,

Christmas parties every week.

Family comes from near and far

To fellowship and feast.

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Before we blink the year will end,

A new year will unfold.

First, it's important that the tale

Of the Nativity be told.

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That's what Christmas is about,

The birth of Jesus Christ.

We can't forget it's origins

Or we'll all be hypocrites.

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So, here's to Jesus' holy birth,

Raise your glass and say, "Here, here!"

"Lord we thank you for this food,

And friends to share this beer."

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It's always good to see a comment from you pop up on one of my hubs, Theresa. I hope all is well with you and that your hubby's knee has recovered. My wife tore two ligaments in her knee about three months ago and it is healing very slowly..she has been using a walker and wheelchair to get around. Blessings to you also.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Happy New Year and belated Merry Christmas, John,

      We have a holiday today and so I thought I'd pop in here on HubPages to read a little of what I have missed ...seems I've missed a great deal since my husband had knee replacement surgery and other life issues keeping me away!

      I always enjoy reading about how other parts of the world celebrate Christmas, and I still have a hard time thinking about it being summer in Australia now when we are in the midst of winter.

      Love your poem, especially acknowledging the birth of Jesus.

      Peace and blessings always

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, thanks Lawrence. Yeah, Santa sometimes rides the waves in here too. As for pavlova.. Who is the rightful creator of that delicacy is indeed a matter of contention :) Enjoy that cold beer.

      p.s. We claim Russel Crowe and Sam Neil as Aussies too.

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      Lawrence Hebb 10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      Great poem. As you're aware, our traditions here in Kiwiland are pretty similar, with two exceptions

      1) Santa arrives on a surfboard!

      2) Traditional pavlova (Kiwis and Aussies claim the creation of it!)

      As for the beer, mine's going in the Fridge when I get home!

      Happy new year

      Lawrence

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      Patricia Scott 10 months ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Jodah....this was such a delight to read ...it is so interesting to me to read about other parts of the world and how things unfold there....we could have had a similar 'summer' Christmas this year as it was in the 80's...this year.

      You focused on the essence of this most loving time of the year...our dear Savior's birth..how blessed we are.

      Sending you many blessings via Angels this morning ps

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      No need to apologise, Missy. I haven't had time to write or read much here either owing to Christmas and also pressing real life occurrences. Glad you found our Aussie Christmas traditions interesting and I hope your dream to travel comes true one day. The Six White Boomers is a fun song I grew up with.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Genna, glad you found our Aussie Christmas interesting and the Six White Boomers" enjoyable. Love your comparison of Santa and the human spirit. I had a great Christmas thankyou. Happy New Year to you.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      I'm so late seeing this one. I haven't had time to write here either. So, John, please accept my apologies.

      I absolutely loved learning about the Australian Christmas traditions. I mean...my dream is to travel and experience different lands, but I don't know if that dream will become reality in my lifetime. Therefore, I cherish all these posts like this that teaches me traditions from other cultures and lands. Love...love...love...it, and the song about the snow-white boomers...Awesome! And, of course, your poems are always a delight!!! :)

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      Genna East 10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi John...

      I always enjoy reading how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. It is, after all, the time of rejoicing and giving that can bridge humanity. The fact that you experience this holiday at the beginning of summer teaches us all that Santa (like the grace of the human spirit) doesn't need snow to travel from point A to point B. :-) I love the "six white boomers' (kangaroos) to pull his sleigh." I hope your Christmas was warm and filled with merriment. Happy New Year, my friend.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Phyllis. It was a good Christmas, but very busy. HopemI have time to write more soon. Have a great New Year.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hope your Christmas was wonderful, John, and wishing you all the best for the new year.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Shauna. It was a very enjoyable Christmas with most of our kids and grandkids here. I hope yours was great as well. Glad you liked the song and found our Aussie Christmas interesting.

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      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      I hope you had a nice Christmas, John. It was fun learning about Christmas in Australia. Love the song!

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Why you weren't notified,

      Is a mystery personified.

      But thank you for your kind comment,

      That really makes me quite content.

      So thank you Shyron, my friend,

      Have a great New Year from start to end.

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      John, I don't know why I wasn't notified

      When I found I had missed this one, I almost cried

      I love your poem and hope your Christmas went as planned

      With plenty of Love, and cheer and plenty of beer on hand

      For you my friend may many blessings bring in the New Year 2017

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Vellur. Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

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      Nithya Venkat 11 months ago from Dubai

      A lovely poem. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, MsDora. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Alicia. I am sure you would find it different. Thank you for the well wishes and I wish you a merry Christmas as well.

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      Dora Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, Merry Christmas also to you and yours!

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      Linda Crampton 11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Christmas in the summer would be a strange and interesting experience for me! The spiritual meaning of the season would work at any time of year, though. Merry Christmas, Jodah. I hope you have a lovely celebration.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Larry, I appreciate that. Merr Christmas to you too and I hope the New Year is a great one.

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      I always love the perspective your articles add to things.

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing the toast with me, Tim. Glad you approve of the last stanza :)

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      Tim Mitchell 11 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Here, Here . . . I'll raise one with you :-) Great poem Jodah and an appropriate last stanza in my view.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, I will, Michael. Glad you liked the poem and thank you for your valuable comment. We certainly can celebrate every day of the year if we wish to. Peace be with you.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad to enlighten you a little, Flourish. Merry Christmas to you.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks, Ruby. Same to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Linda. Yes, I am sure a Summer Christmas is difficult to imagine for anyone from the Northern Hemisphere. I can relate more to Elvis's 'Blue Christmas' than Bing's 'White Christmas.' Have a wonderful one.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Back at ya, Clive.

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      Michael-Milec 11 months ago

      Have a great celebration John.

      Lovely poem, revealing reality of the day.

      Christmas has become everything to everyone, a celebration time the way we want, and when we want. Some even point to the event in Bethlehem way back where the Angel of the Lord has proclaimed "Today...a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord..." That is fine too. Thus the life with the Savior in our hearts, we can celebrate christmas everyday.

      Peace with us.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      I liked learning a little about Christmas down under. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 11 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I like your fun poetry. Merry Christmas to you and family.

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I love the pics and the sentiment, but gosh I think I would have a difficult time adjusting to the concept of summer and Christmas. That is totally upside down for me. I have always lived in North America. I'm guessing that the Bing Crosby song "White Christmas" is totally lost on you, isn't it?

      Thanks for another fun bit of verse. Merry Christmas to you.

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      Clive Williams 11 months ago from Nibiru

      cheers!

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you Nelieanna, and thank you for sharing about Christmas in the different states ou have lived. I hope the current weather warms a little and that you have a wonderful Christmas. The dinner at a French restaurant with your stepson and his wife sounds wonderful. All the best for the season.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ann, I am sure Christmas in New Zealand was a new experience for you. It is how ever the Christmas that we grow up with that has a he place close to our heart. Glad you liked my message and I wish you all the best this festive season.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      That sure sounds like it will be a blast, Eric. Thanks for that kind comment. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mike. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas too.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It's about the only time of year I have a drink, Bill, but yeah Inderstand your situation. A coffee to toast will be just fine. Merry Christmas to you, Bev and family.

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      Nellieanna Hay 11 months ago from TEXAS

      I love it, John! Love both learning how it is in Australia at Christmas and New Years and reading your delightful poem about the true spirit of the celebrations, - and the speed with which they roll around, faster and faster, or so it seems! Time definitely doesn't stand still!

      Where I grew up further south in Texas, it was often warm enough to celebrate outside or even to go fishing at Christmas. Lived a year in Arizona and we had a Christmas picnic! I've lived in Indiana, too, though, where it was always quite cold, usually with snow. Now I'm in north Texas and it's variable. Right now we are in the grips of an arctic cold front's frigid weather. Bit by Christmas, it's expected to be somewhat milder. But not mild enough for a cold beer! I'll have a nice sherry.

      Will be treated to Christmas dinner by my stepson and his wife at a lovely French restaurant (bistro) where they serve the traditional Christmas fare or one can select alternate fare from their wonderful menu. It's become a tradition with us, being the only family in the area and I so look forward to it.

      Wishing you and yours a most joyous Christmas and a happy, productive 2017!

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      Ann Carr 11 months ago from SW England

      What a great poem, John! Full of fun but a serious background. I love the idea of the roos pulling Santa!

      I spent Christmas in New Zealand, a few years ago, and it was odd to swim on Christmas Day, bathed also in the warm sun and eating on the beach. A refreshing change but we Brits connect the day with cosiness by the fire and maybe a little walk, wrapped up warm, to help digest all that food.

      Either way, it's the message of Christmas that's important, as you say - and how well you say it!

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours, John. Cheers!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yahoo celebration time is here. In my little home we really have no traditions -- OK Church and a Christmas tree. Who knows when we get up, when we eat and what we eat. This year we are not really giving presents. We are doing charity in the name of others and sending pictures and stuff like a certificate. What a blast that is.

      I think beer is good for cheer. It was when the hard stuff came out that family get togethers went bad. LoL.

      That end of the year contemplation and reflection will have a nice grateful part for having you as a friend.

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      mckbirdbks 11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Well, I can't think of a better Christmas wish than that. A toast to the new year. Merry Christmas to you and yours John.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, buddy, I can't drink, but I'll toast with you holding my coffee. How's that? Good enough?

      Merry Christmas, my friend!

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      And a blessed Christmas back to you, whonu. All the best.

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      whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

      Merry Christmas Jodah. Blessings. whonu

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Sakina. Thank you for that kind comment. Best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year also.

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      Sakina Nasir 11 months ago from Kuwait

      Lovely hub! A Merry Christmas to you and a very happy New Year as well! ☺

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Sally. A Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year to you and yours as well.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 11 months ago from Norfolk

      Love the sentiment and the images. Happy Christmas to you Jodah. Cheers and best wishes to you and yours for a very Happy New Year.