Lonely Planet Writer

It's mince pies and mistletoe on Bondi as Australia is voted most desirable destination for Christmas Day

Forget dreaming of a white Christmas, because it turns out that most of us would prefer to spend Christmas Day lounging on a beach in Australia, than watching the festive TV specials indoors at home. That’s according to a survey of 2000 people in the UK, Australia and the US on behalf of supermarket giant Aldi, which saw Australia being voted most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day.

Australia has been voted the most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day. Image: Imgorthand/Getty Images
An Aldi survey sees Australia voted most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day. Image: Imgorthand/Getty Images

While Christmas Day can sometimes be a day filled with rituals, stress and fuss, the American and British people surveyed liked the casual, relaxed approach of the Australian people. They were also attracted to the country’s warm weather, and were seduced by the opportunity it affords to spend the day outdoors.

Australia has been voted the most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day. Image: Andrey Artykov
An Aldi survey sees Australia voted most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day. Image: Andrey Artykov

If you’re a fan of traditional turkey and Christmas pudding, you might be a bit disappointed though. Aldi says that Australian people are more likely to serve festive feasts of seafood, salad and fruit. The good news is that ham has made a big comeback in all countries.

Bondi beach received an upwards rating its water quality in the State Of The Beaches 2014-15 report
An Aldi survey suggests that Australia is the most desirable place to spend Christmas Day Image by Guillaume Capron / CC BY-SA 2.0

The survey also found a big difference in the amount of time people from the three countries spent in the kitchen on Christmas Day. The Australians surveyed expected to spend less than two hours preparing their Christmas meal. Unfortunately for the poor old British and American people, they were poised to spend four hours or more preparing the Yuletide feast.

Australia has been voted the most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day. Image: Steve Heap/Getty Images
An Aldi survey sees Australia voted most desirable destination to spend Christmas Day. Image: Steve Heap/Getty Images

Sun, sand and seafood in the company of chilled-out people who are not chained to the kitchen for half of Christmas Day sounds good to us. Mince pies on Bondi, anyone?