Australia, being in the southern hemisphere, has summer from December to February. Christmas, for us, is usually hot, sometimes very hot. Traditional holiday dishes don't make much sense when it's swimming weather.
In my work in progress, working title Rosie and Scruff Boy, I'm trying to write some scenes set at Christmas. It's difficult. I'm so envious of anyone who's in a warm sunny place right now. Here, it's cold and gloomy and often rainy. Also frosty.
Our winters aren't northern hemisphere winters. Today, for example, was minus 3 degrees Celsius this morning, and will probably hit about 12 degrees Celsius this afternoon. But it's cold for us. I've always been a summer girl, and can't wait for the warm days to come around again.