The tree is up, the lights have been lit, and the carollers are starting to sing. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas…
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Well you can keep dreaming, because here in Australia, we literally have a snowballs chance in hell of seeing snow on Christmas Day (except for that one weird year). Not that there's anything wrong with an Aussie Christmas – Santa and his six white boomers; BBQs, beers and prawns; Boxing Day sales – but when you're sweating through the summer, a Northern Hemisphere Christmas seems pretty attractive. The good news is that you don't have to update your passport to celebrate a white Christmas – with a little ingenuity, you can enjoy a white Christmas Down Under.
You remember that episode of Beverly Hills 90210 where Brandon hires a fake snow machine to give his family the white Christmas they'd enjoyed back in Minnesota? Simply channel your inner Brandon Walsh (denim tuxedo and Ken doll hair optional) for guaranteed snow.
It's easy to make your own white Christmas – the delicious rocky road meets rice crispy treat, that is. Stick to tradition or mix it up, the choice is yours. White Christmas squares won't keep you cool, and you can't make a snowman from them, but they are delicious.
If you absolutely insist upon the real thing, now is the time to book a snowy getaway. The ski fields of NSW or Victoria are a cheap and easy way to see real snow on Christmas Day.
Mount Donna Buang in Victoria will host Christmas night markets and a street party, while Thredbo Resort offers the real deal; a Christmas buffet in the snow fields. All you need now are some chestnuts roasting on an open fire and you've got yourself an official Christmas party.
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My kids and I like to make snowflakes out of doilies and bits of paper... remember when you used to fold a circle into a tiny wedge and then cut shapes out of it so when you opened it up, it looked like a snowflake? That's the closest we get to a white Christmas here in Perth, except for the blinding white heat, that is.