A Deutsch-Australian Christmas with Kyra, our Content Writer

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This year to celebrate the silly season, we’re paying homage to the many ways Christmas is interpreted around the globe. First stop? Rural Australia for a Deutsch Aussie Xmas.

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L to R: Rainbow Heart Print Art, Love and Chocolate Print Art, Beautiful Reasons Print Art, Love Waffles Print Art, and Blinded By Love Print Art from Americanflat, available online at Zanui.

Zanui is a very multi-cultural workplace. It makes for many delicious morning teas! This year we’ve planned an around-the-world trip to explore the cultural diversity of the festive season – from Europe to Asia to outback Oz and beyond. Come join us.

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Images sourced L to R: xmascompo.disasterarea.ne and www.australiawanderer.com

Introducing the delightful Kyra, our content writer extraordinaire, pictured below with Santa aka her mum. Kyra collates and curates all the concise info you read on our website.

Welcome to her rural Australian/German Christmas!

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Our lovely Kyra! And L to R: Ribbons & Bows String Light and Berry LED Garland from Rouge Living, available online at Zanui.

Christmas is:

Family, trifle, stollen, lights and gifts. (Stollen is a German bread made with candied and dried fruit, nuts and spices. Yum! Want to make your own? This Stollen Wreath recipe looks beyond divine!)

We’re a typical Australian family with a bit of European heritage, so Christmas Eve is usually spent having dinner and opening some presents with one side of the family, and in the morning there are even more presents (!) with the rest.

We try to put some thought into our gifts, usually something practical.

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The Commercial Hotel, Coonamble, and the great Australian outback Coonamble-way. Images sourced L to R: about-australia.com and outbackarts.com.au

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Christmas dinner is:

A barbecue-style lunch with chicken, turkey, and a roast, plus lots of salads and side dishes. German potato salad (complete with apple and gherkin!) is my favourite. It follows the super simple, family-fave, classic recipe but mixes it up with more traditional Deutschland flavours. (Without giving away any family secrets, it’s a little something like this.)

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Get creative and Xmas entertain under the stars. Hang ornaments from the boughs. And a bit of action at the Coonamble Rodeo. Images sourced L to R: thatcreativefeeling.com and visitcoonamble.com.au

My perfect Christmas would be:

A warm, sunny day sitting around the table having just finished a meal and kicking back with everyone, enjoying a couple of cold beers before the trifle is brought out!

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Gift vouchers for those hard to buy for and the stylish Table Grill from Eva Solo, available online at Zanui.

My fave festive thing is:

Seeing everyone in the same place, that’s really special. As long as you’re with people you love and who love you right back, it’s a good Christmas.

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Hot tip for surviving Christmas:

Watch Love, Actually every chance you get and get up from the couch to dance along with Hugh Grant. Feel the buzz.

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Images sourced L to R: tww.id.au and ochrehealth.com.au

Kyra’s gift picks

I love the Turkish Towels from Bambury – they’re lightweight cotton so they easily stuff into a bag for those spontaneous beach trips, or toss them over a table for an instant tablecloth. Perfect (and practical)!

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Bambury Turkish Towels, available in various colours online at Zanui.

For the kids, I think the Uptown White Kitchen from Kidkraft is a hit. Encourage those little Masterchefs! It’s also an exclusive design found only on Zanui so it’s a little bit special.

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Kidkraft White Uptown Kitchen and Palm Beach Collection Limited Edition Christmas Candle, available online at Zanui.

To spoil that special someone, I’d go for a luxurious candle. The limited edition Christmas Candle from Palm Beach Collection smells like Mum’s kitchen when she’s baking, and it doesn’t get more divine than that.

Thanks, Kyra!

Looking for more gift inspiration? See here for gifts for him, her, Mum, Dad, teens, kids and more. Or opt for a gift voucher for those tricky people.

Merry Christmas!

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.