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Have Yourself an Aussie Little Christmas: Christmas Carols for an Australian Christmas


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From “Jingle Bells” to “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, it seems that the most popular songs are a bit snow-centric. This leaves us Aussies out of the loop a bit, which we think is a bit unfair, so we’ve delved deep into the World Wide Web for the best Australian Christmas songs. These four are our favourites. 

Christmas In Australia

The origins of this song are a mystery, but we think the lyrics are absolutely divine. Especially the part that goes “On Melbourne streets, at Sydney-town; The jacaranda blossoms lie; A purple mantle across Australia; Beneath our so'thern sky.” These lyrics really bring Christmas in Australia to life.  Alternatively, we though it synced up quite nicely with the tune of “Away in a Manger”. 

Dry Christmas by Trevor Williams

This one doesn’t exactly capture the joy that the festive season is supposed to bring as it’s all about dreading the bush fires that come with our December heat waves and droughts, but it’s a fun little tune nonetheless. Written to the tune of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, this is a tongue-in-cheek song that speaks of dreading the perils of summer over Christmas with lyrics such as “I'm dreading another dry Christmas; With every Christmas card I write; With the bush fires burning so bright; And we pray for rain before Christmas night.” 

The Three Drovers by John Wheeler and William G. James

Okay, okay, enough joking around. Can’t we just have a song that was intended for people who celebrate Christmas in the southern hemisphere? After all, that is like half the world. Luckily back in 1948 John Wheeler wrote these lovely lyrics, which are summery and Christmassy in equal measure, and set them to music composed by William G. James. “The air was dry with summer heat; And smoke was on the yellow moon; But from the heavens, faint and sweet; Came floating down a wond'rous turn; And as they heard, they sang full well; Those drovers three. ‘Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!’” Isn’t that just lovely? We can even lend it to our Kiwi and Saffa brethren. 

Australian Jingle Bells

All nationalities, English-speaking or otherwise, have a dialect that is specific to their region, but Australian colloquialisms are amongst the most colourful, and there is so much more to it than throwing another shrimp on the barbie. The Aussie version of Jingle Bells is a laugh-a-verse, and totally makes the point that Christmas in the summer is awesome. “Dashing through the bush; in a rusty Holden Ute; Kicking up the dust; esky in the boot; Kelpie by my side; singing Christmas songs; It's Summer time and I am in; my singlet, shorts and thongs.”



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