Although a lot of Australia’s culture is saturated with American ideas (via the age of the Internet) and British notions (via Colonialism), I like to think that Australia is emerging as a nation with it’s own unique ‘style’.
It was after all the Australian dominance at Chelsea’s Flower Show in London, that brought the vista of ‘indoor/outdoor living’ to the world. We also dual with Scandinavia as being the source of ‘open living’ into our homes.
So how are we to tackle ‘seasonal decorating’ (i.e. Christmas, Easter)
as we forge into a new era?
Let’s be realistic . . .
. . . we only share our seasons with South American countries such as Uruguay, Chile & Argentina plus South Africa & our neighbours New Zealand, which makes our ‘seasonal decorating’ a pretty sparse resource base. If you do a quick online search for “Easter Decorating +Southern Hemisphere” or an image search for the same term, you might get a little bit of a shock.
It’s pretty unsatisfying.
Should our attitudes be shifting a little to start celebrating the definite changes in our year – not just Christmas?
Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a bad thing, if we recognised the change from Summer to Autumn, Autumn to Winter and Winter to Spring . . . ’cause we certainly celebrate Summer arriving!
Can I get a hallelujah?!?
So this Easter weekend, as the last chance to get a weekend away arrives and we all head bush for a camping long weekend, perhaps we should spare a little thought for how we can accept the fading of Summer and the beginning of Autumn and even revel in this transition.
Are you with me?