More of us are dreaming of a hot Christmas than a white one, and the same goes for our northern hemisphere counterparts.
Research conducted on behalf of ALDI in the UK, the US and Australia rated the land Down Under as the most desirable destination for Christmas Day.
The supermarket giant surveyed 2000 people online throughout UK, America and Australia and the top reason for wanting an Aussie celebration was our casual, relaxed approach.
Americans and Brits also rated the warm weather a major drawcard, followed by the opportunity to spend the day outdoors.
For sisters Tamsin, 23, and Tiffany Bowers, 25, of Staffordshire in the UK, Christmas in Australia is all about escaping the confines of four walls.
“In the UK, it’s so cold and everyone sits around and drinks a lot and it’s just like you’re forcing all the food down, whereas in Australia everyone’s having a nice time and it’s chilled,” said Tamsin, who will spend her third Christmas down under this year.
For Tiffany, Christmas 2016 will be the first time she has spent the occasion away from the UK.
“It will be my first warm Christmas and the first away from home,” she said.
“In the UK Christmas is associated with how cold it is, so when it goes from that autumnal wetness and goes frosty, people say “oh it feels Christmassy” but really we’re just saying it feels cold.”
The appeal of being able to get outdoors was the most attractive part of an Australian Christmas, Tiffany said. “I came here to be outside and we will spend much of the day at the beach, Bondi and Coogee,” she said.
The ALDI Christmas Index found most revellers aimed to reduce their spend on festive groceries to a total of $2.2 billion Australia-wide, down 11 per cent on last year.
Shoppers in the UK and the US were also hoping to slash their food bill but still hoped to serve up a traditional roast turkey and pudding.
An ALDI spokeswoman said Australians were more likely to dish up seafood, salad and fruit, while ham had made a big comeback in all countries.
The other major difference between the three countries was time spent in the kitchen on Christmas Day.
While most of the Aussies surveyed said they would spend less than two hours preparing their Christmas meal, those in the UK and US expected to slave away for four hours or more.
A big Christmas dinner remained on the itinerary for Tamsin and her boyfriend, who will host Tiffany and other UK expats without family in Australia.
“We will kind of keep it traditional in terms of sitting down at the dinner table but we’re going to do a full blown Aussie menu, so barbecuing, fish, seafood and salads,” said Tamsin.
“But we will squeeze in a Christmas pudding.”
Online Source: News.com.au.