Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Brisbane


Brisbane is in sub tropical Queensland, so while my friends in Bagni di Lucca are sitting by the fire we are sunning ourselves by a pool ( except that it is raining).
The Christmas tree in King George Square in the city has lights powered by a solar panel in the star on top.
It may seem strange to those in the northern hemisphere to have a hot Christmas, but that is normal for us. This hasn’t stopped us adopting traditional decorations and songs about snow.

Here are a few Christmas things I found on a wander around Brisbane.


Can you spot the jewels in the snow in Tiffany’s window?



Nativity things in the window of Margot McKinney’s beautiful shop.




Christmas heads at Camargue at Emporium.


A Christmas table setting at Magnolia, which is full of the most gorgeous gifts.

While those in cold climates will be tucking into roast turkey with all the trimmings, we will be eating lovely seafood and delicious fruit.


Prawns are popular for Christmas lunch, followed by mangoes and heavenly stone fruit. I’ll head to James St markets today and pick up some fresh supplies.



I hope all of our readers have a wonderful Christmas and that all your wishes comes true.

Merry Christmas from Brisbane.



  1. Merry Christmas from a cold and starry sky in Bagni di Lucca Debra!
    Big warm hug! Rose

    • Merry Christmas Rosaly from a warm, rainy Brisbane.

  2. That looks a lot different then here in Bagni di Lucca! Original ideas! Merry Christmas Debra

    • Merry Christmas to you and Adriano. Perhaps there will be some snow.

  3. OK that fruit made my mouth water and I have only just begun the winter here! excellent that the tree is powered by the sun.. what a great idea! c

    • I like our solar powered tree too, no that there is much sun today, just more rain.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours Debra and wishing you a Happy New Year. No snow here in Ohio – USA. It is a green Christmas again..

    Pam Proctor

    • You could come here for some summer rain.

  5. Merry Christmas to you from Kentucky. Hope you have a lovely holiday in the sun!

    • Hopefully there will be some sun soon. It is raining again today.

  6. It’s a seafood lunch for our family too! Merry Christmas from warm and sunny Perth

    • Lucky you having sun! Perhaps tomorrow will be better here.

  7. Have a happy Christmas, the decorations are sparse down here and you would hardly know it is Christmas except for the crowds in St Helens trying to get the best parking spaces, well it is all free so no complaints really. Have lobsters so it will be an Australian type of Christmas. Our best to you and Jim, Roz & John

    • Having lobsters sounds good.Did you catch them yourself? Have a great Christmas!

  8. have a safe and happy festive season Deb with your friends and family. we should try and catch up before you go back to italy. ever so envious as i didn’t spend enough time in italy – actually only had 3 days in rome but did get to florence. from your posts i think we were at rome airport at the same time i flew out on the 5th dec

    • I did fly out of Rome on 5th December, isn’t that funny!!! I flew to Helsinki so I guess we were at different terminals. I’ll be around for all January so we have time for a coffee.

  9. Merry Christmas! As someone who loves the warmth, Christmas in Brisbane looks glorious. I have always thought it curious that even those celebrating Christmas during their summer months still use the same snow motifs. It must be because the snow alludes more to the environment Santa Claus is from?

    • It does seem a bit silly to be using all the wintery themes for Christmas when it is hot here, but we have so many people who originally came from the northern hemisphere that I suppose those traditions followed them to Australia.

  10. Merry Christmas from Bristol. Have a good one, it must be great to be somewhere with long days and lots of light at this time of year 🙂

    • I love winter in Europe but I must admit the short days can be a bit trying. Have a lovely Christmas in Bristol!

  11. Have a wonderful Christmas¡¡¡¡¡¡

    • Have a lovely Christmas in San Francisco!

  12. May you have a wonderful time.
    Thanks for all the nice details you share… the nativity is pretty nice.
    Take care

    • I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  13. I’m enjoying looking at your photos this Christmas Eve – this will be the first year in 8 years that I will not be spending Christmas in Brisbane. Enjoy that beautiful looking weather and delicious mangoes!

    • I will have a mango for you.

  14. Buon Natale a tutti Vito Lorenzelli dalla Scozia.XX

    • Merry Christmas to you too Vito. See you next year in BdL.

  15. That’s a very big Christmas tree! Merry Christmas from down in Melbourne. 😀

    • The kangaroo seems impressed.

  16. Merry Christmas Debra, I do hope the sun shines for you soon.
    Its Mango Daiquiris tonight , waiting for Santa !!!
    Merry Merry Christmas to all your readers x

    • Let’s hope Santa is kind to all of us. Enjoy that mango daiquiri!

  17. So beautiful…. Thank you dear Debra, Happy New year and Merry Christmas, with my love, nia

    • Merry Christmas Nia, I hope you have a lovely day.

  18. How wonderful Christmas photos. I love them.

    Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

    • Have a lovely Finnish Christmas.

  19. Merry Christmas to you!!
    Hope you have a fantastic and festive holiday 🙂

    • Have a great Christmas.

  20. Great photos! Merry Christmas from America’s Deep South, home of the glorious “Rainy Christmas.”

    • We have some sun this morning, but will it last?

  21. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Debra. I look forward to another year of your lovely blog. It’s wet and windy here today in Edinburgh, so no snow for us.

    • What a pity there is no white Christmas. Have a great day anyway

  22. Merry Christmas Debra! Nothing says Australian Christmas to me more than prawns and mango! 😀

    • Exactly! The mangoes will find their way to the top of a pavlova.

  23. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful warm Christmas.

    • Christmas day was hot and sunny. The rain stayed away.

  24. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! I can’t wait until May when we can meet once again in Lucca!

    • I hope you had a great Christmas day. See you in May.

  25. Merry Christmas Debra from Ontario, Candada! 🙂

  26. and from Canada too! lol

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