whoosanightowl wrote:So you don't celebrate Christmas with displays of (fake) snow covered trees I take it?
Christmas decorations in Australia are an odd mix of Winter Solstice (snowflakes etc) and generic (tinsel and baubles). Generally speaking, people don't go for the snow.
The weirdest, though, is the music. The early 20th century Tin Pan Alley secular Christmas music is pretty much ignored here. Traditional carols sometimes mention the Winter, which is always a bit weird. However, there are also a bunch of Australian carols from the same era which talk about brolgas and drovers a lot and Christmas a little. I wrote a parody of these carols once, but you wouldn't get it.
whoosanightowl wrote:What does Santa wear, flip flops, a bathing suit (hopefully not a speedo!), and a straw hat?
He wears the usual attire, usually without gloves. Costumes tend to be made of a breathable material in practice.
Other effects of the Southern Hemisphere arrangements that you might not think of is that the entire calendar is shifted around. The Christmas holiday season is also the Summer holiday season and harvest season, so the school year and the calendar year coincide, which we find very convenient. However, this in turn has the effect of moving the financial year out of phase by six months.