Tourism

Almost 10 million Aussies think a white Christmas is more magical

Do you wish you lived somewhere where it snowed during Christmas? Well, you’re not the only one.

In fact, almost half of all Aussies think a white Christmas is more “magical” than a typical Christmas down under – complete with prawns, bikinis and 40-degree weather.

According to new research released by Booking.com, Aussies are suffering from a case of ‘snow-mo’ – the fear of missing out on snow during Christmas time.

But that’s not exactly surprising when almost all the Christmas movies on our screens show snowy white landscapes and families sitting by the fireplace wearing Christmas jumpers.

Here, you could sit in front of a fire with a Christmas jumper on, but you’d have to crank the air con to the lowest temperature first – and you’d still be sweating.

The equivalent of 9.5 million Aussies share the dream of one day having a white Christmas, according to a nationwide survey conducted by YouGov Galaxy. 42 per cent have never had a white Christmas before.

Of those that feel that they are missing out on magical Christmas, over half cited the fact that it doesn’t snow here as the main reason for feeling left out as it is how they have always seen Christmas portrayed in movies growing up.

37 per cent of respondents said that they’re missing a Christmas dinner by an open fire, 36 per cent said Australia doesn’t have the same Christmas-sy atmosphere as other countries such as the festive decorations, Christmas trees and mistletoe, and 35 per cent were unhappy about it being too hot to wear Christmas jumpers during the festive season.

Breaking it down by state, data shows that Queensland is the region which most desires a White Christmas with almost half (47 per cent) never experiencing one but dreaming of one day being able to, this is followed by New South Wales and Western Australia (42% respectively).

Nearly half of South Australians stated they suffer snow-mo because they can’t ski, sledge or make snowmen in the snow and 45 per cent stated it’s because it’s too hot to wear their favourite Christmas jumpers. Queenslanders also feel strongly about not being able to wear Christmas apparel with an equal 45 per cent keen to be sporting a cozy knit during the festive period.

We don’t know about you, but next Christmas, we’re heading somewhere cold. If only to make us appreciate the Aussie summer.

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