Sep 282014

Penguin Australia

Whether you like it or not, it is now officially less than 3 months until Christmas so it time to (slowly) get organised for the festive season. Christmas is my favourite time of year and while we don’t do presents (we give ours on Sinterklaas evening instead) we sure go all out with lots of lovely Christmas songs, books, craft, decorations and time spent with family. There is nothing our kids like better than a good Christmas story and you won’t find them any more Aussie than this:

Christmas in Australia

Written by Australian icon and singer–songwriter John Williamson and illustrated by the very talented Mitch Vane the story of Christmas in Australia will speak to all of us.
It’s a special time of getting together, catching up with family,  sharing memories (and making new ones), enjoying a meal, playing games and, of course, a family photo. But that is not as easy as it sounds, there is always someone missing… Gotta get everyone in the picture!

Christmas in Australia 1

Unlike in many other Christmas books you won’t find snowmen, snowflakes, hot chocolates and cosy fireplaces in this lovely picture book, it’s made by and for real Australians, how awesome is that? From camping to kookaburras, from eskies to echidnas, from utes to wombats and from singlets and beers to a game of cricket, it’s a typical Christmas in Australia and you’re invited to join the family fun. Will they be able to snap that perfect Christmas family photo in the end?

Christmas in Australia 2

If you need a bit of help getting into the Christmas spirit you are sure to love the fabulous musical version of this gorgeous Christmas tale, written and recorded by John Williamson. You’ll no doubt feel inspired to use your best Aussie reading voice after hearing this catchy song and it is available to you completely FREE. Download the Christmas in Australia mp3 here, enjoy.

To find out more about Christmas in Australia (RRP $19.99) by John Williamson and Mitch Vane, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

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