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Experience Some Christmas Magic At This Special Family Event
Due to Australia's geographical location in the Southern Hemisphere and the warm weather we generally enjoy towards the end of December, many Aussies struggle to reconcile the traditional idyll of a White Christmas with the reality that we experience every year, come the big day. While frosty pine forests, snowmen, holly, mistletoe and a warmly rugged-up Santa Claus may always remain quaint northern images that we fondly embrace, Australia does enjoy one unique and very wonderful Christmas tradition that's just perfect for our climate and lifestyles.
Carols by Candlelight at the beautiful Cottesloe Civic Centre is sure to be a special night out that the whole family will enjoy.
One of Australia's best-loved Christmas traditions, Carols by Candlelight was first conceived in South Australia during the nineteenth century when Cornish miners gathered together to sing carols with candles adhered to the rims of their safety hats. Over the years the practice spread to Victoria and in 1937 a Melbourne radio announcer, Norman Banks, further developed the concept after observing through an open window an elderly woman singing Christmas carols alone one Christmas Eve , her face illuminated by a candle.
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Moved by this observation, he wondered how many others spent Christmas alone, and the following year he organised the first public Carols by Candlelight program in Alexander Gardens, thinking communities would be enriched if a large group of people could gather together to sing and celebrate Christmas together. Approximately 10 000 people attended, and over the following years to the present day, Carols by Candlelight programs have become an integral part of an Australian Christmas.
These days, Carols by Candlelight programs are held throughout Australia, in communities large and small, and people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life join together to sing Christmas carols and to meditate on the deeper meaning of the season. They're wonderful family events and children especially enjoy the magic of the occasion, singing with friends and family in the early evening, illuminated by the light of tiny candles. It's the stuff that lifelong memories are made of and many older Australians fondly remember the event from their own childhoods.
Here in Perth, Carols by Candlelight is celebrated at many locations throughout the city. However, one of the most magical and popular is the annual celebration held in the terraced gardens of the beautiful Cottesloe Civic Centre, just a couple of blocks from fabulous Cottesloe Beach. This year's Cottesloe Carols by Candlelight will be held on Sunday, December 22nd. Organised by the Town of Cottesloe in conjunction with St Phillip's Anglican Church, the event begins at around 7.00pm but visitors are encouraged to come early (around 6.00pm) with a rug and picnic basket so they can enjoy a relaxing meal as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. If the weather is warm and you're feeling especially adventurous you could also bring your bathers, and nip down to the beach for a quick dip before all the action starts.
In a nutshell, this year's Cottesloe Carols by Candlelight is guaranteed to be a great event, whether you're a family, a couple, a group of friends looking for something a bit different, or all by yourself. The location and atmosphere are absolutely awesome, and if you're planning on attending just one Christmas carol event this year, in my opinion this one is the one to head to. For an unforgettable, feel-good and family-friendly evening, mark the 2013 Cottesloe Carols by Candlelight into your social calendar.