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Recreate Christmas from Movies
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Christmas holidays are filled with memories of Christmas fairytales and magical stories from Christmas movies; the traditions of Christmas depicted by fresh pine Christmas trees, freshly cooked gingerbread, goodie-filled stockings, beautifully wrapped presents, snowflakes dancing on the pavement and the big man himself – Santa Claus.
Unfortunately, we live on the other side of the equator and some things associated with a cold, wintery Christmas are not meant to be. The traditional Aussie barbeque somehow does not bring Christmas fantasies to life quite as much as the quintessential wintery wonder of the North.
However, there are several ways to recreate the magical feeling of Christmas and to experience certain scenes from your favourite movies with your children even without the natural assistance of Mother Nature. All you will need is a vast amount of imagination. The best way to bring the yuletide joy to life is to watch the movie first and then recreate scenes with your loved ones.
The Polar Express – an Australian Christmas at the Workshops Rail Museum
In this movie, a young boy boards a magical steam train called the Polar Express and makes his way to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus.
You can re-create the scene starting with a ride on a miniature steam train at the Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, North Ipswich. Held on the 7th and 8th of December, your museum entry and steam train ticket price includes a guided tour of the active railway workshop, a chance to drive the train on a simulator and a chance to meet Santa Claus in Brisbane's version of the "North Pole." It is true that you won't need warm clothes to cover you up from the snow but on the bright side, the warm weather will allow a picnic on the grounds or a game of backyard cricket, badminton or volleyball on the Powerhouse lawns.
Ran Tan Bush Band will be performing with your favourite Christmas Songs.
The Christmas Card
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In this 2006 movie, a soldier is touched when he receives an anonymous Christmas card from a church group that mails cards out to servicemen as a goodwill effort.
In the days leading up to Christmas, light the Christmas spirit by creating Christmas cards to people who least expect it. You can send them out to friends, family, orphanages or soldiers on duty abroad wishing them a great Christmas. Several libraries around Brisbane hold workshops leading up to Christmas, where children can make their own Christmas cards. Bookings are essential for most of them and the workshops are suitable for children four years and over.
Inala Library, Inala Civic Centre, Corsair Avenue, Inala
Originally written by Dr Seuss, the Grinch decides to stop Christmas by stealing presents, trees and food. He later finds out that Christmas is more than just presents and feasting when the citizens of Whoville break out in joyous Christmas songs instead of complaining.
If your child is a fan of the Grinch, the CSIRO EcoSciences Precinct is organising a Grinch themed Little Learners Event. Held on the 19th of December between 10am-12pm, your child can take part in Christmas fun. Tailored for the junior scientist, your kids will be making their own special kind of snow as well as some popular gifts. The programme costs $30 per child (ages five to seven years).
Deck the Halls – 2013 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition Brisbane
In this 2006 movie, two neighbours compete with each other to have the most beautifully decorated house in town. Brisbane has a similar competition with hundreds of Christmas lights and decorations displayed in the region. Why not take a drive to marvel at the beautiful creations and then judge which ones are your favourite?
Held between 5th December and 24th of December, the competition is now in its twenty-seventh year. Entries close on the 22nd of November and winners are announced on the 5th of December on Classic Hits 4Q and published in the Courier Mail 4KQ Christmas Lights feature. Viewing will be opened to the public and your vote will be counted as part of the People's Choice Awards. All displays will be switched on between 7pm and 10pm as part of the public display viewings.