Aussie Jingle Bells

Surf’s Up for Christmas

It’s time for another writing contest. Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her 2nd Annual Holiday Contest. This time, it’s based on Jingle Bells (read her post for the prompt).

Being in Australia, it’s hot for Christmas, and hearing songs about snow at Christmas is a foreign concept for us. With this in mind, here is my entry for the holiday contest. While you’re checking out the contest post, read some of the other wonderful entries.

Aussie Jingle Bells

“Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh…”  Jack sang along with a song on the radio before stopping.

“Mummy, why do they have this on the radio? It’s summer and there’s no snow,” he asked.

“I know,” Mum smiled, “but there are parts of the World who celebrate Christmas in winter.”

Jack thought for a while. “Maybe we could change the words to be about Australia.”

“Great idea, Jack,” Mum replied. Jack set to work.

A little while later, he called to Mum.

“How’s this?” He began:

Dashing through the surf, on an awesome boogie board

Over the waves we go, laughing all the way,

Dad cooks the bar-be-cue, making so much smoke,

How fun it is to have Christmas while dancing on the beach

Oh, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way

How fun it is to ride the waves, all on Christmas day, Hey

Oh, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way

How fun it is to ride the waves, all on Christmas day, Hey!


“That’s awesome Jack, I’m sure it’ll be a hit,” Mum grinned.


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  1. Oh my! Melissa I love it. Funny, I thought of a Kiwi Jingle to post. Not very good, but it was fun trying So glad someone else posted about a Santa downunder..Lol.

  2. Awesome! I love it! 😀

  3. I started writing a down-under Santa-sufring story then stopped. I’m glad I did as yours is far better, Melissa!

  4. The thought of surfing and cooking outdoors on the BBQ on Christmas DAy is so foreign and exotic to me, Melissa. That’s why I enjoyed your story. I live in upstate New York, in the United States, in a hilly area about 240 km from the ocean. In a “normal” winter (our seasons are opposite to yours, as you know) we get 2 to 2.5 meters of snow. But our winters are no longer normal and who knows, maybe we’ll be able to BBQ this Christmas Day.

  5. Sure wish we could be dancing on the beach amidst the BBQ smoke! Nice story Melissa

  6. What a wonderful idea, Melissa, to write about Christmas this way! Here in the Northern hemisphere we take snow and ice for granted, and it’s great to be reminded that Christmas looks very different in other parts of the world. Such a nice twist, and I love how you used Jack thinking up his own words to Jingle Bells to get the song in! Well done! Thanks so much for entering! 🙂

  7. Very cute story with a “down-under” take. It’s fun to have snow, but I wouldn’t mind the beach! Great entry!

  8. I love it that you have the boy make up his own lyrics! Great way to encourage creativity. Just got done shovelling snow, and I could really go for a barbecue on the beach!

  9. I love it! And I have to admit that I would really rather be celebrating Christmas in warm beach weather right now. already tired of the cold, sleet, rain and ice.

  10. Great fun! Thanks for showing us a different way to do Christmas!

  11. This is funny! I do think it is odd that the symbols of Christmas — snow, fir trees, etc, really don’t jibe with the weather that much of the world experiences at Christmas. It’s a great idea to play up that disconnect in a story.

  12. Hi Melissa…nice to meet you. 🙂 Susanna’s contests are a great vehicle for meeting other writers. 🙂
    I love your take on the contest…so creative to see it from your location’s perspective. And BBQ sounds like a great plan…yummmmm!

  13. Ha! I spent one hot Christmas in Brazil and found it so odd to be sitting by the pool and eating barbecue. Loved your Aussie take on this, Melissa!

  14. Love a story with a twist!!! Good luck with the contest!

  15. Love your story, Melissa. Jack’s song should be a hit. He has a perfect way of bringing Christmas into his world. And it’s a catchy little ditty. I’m already singing it 🙂 “How fun it is to ride the wave, all on Christmas day, Hey!

  16. Pam Courtney says:

    Wow, I had so much fun reading this. Thanks for having Jack show us in the states how Aussie’s engage in yuletide celebrations.

  17. I love it! You’ve done an awesome job, Melissa. So clever to tie the song into a prose story. I pondered doing an Aussie version, too, but as I did an Aussie version of last year’s contest I decided to go a different route this year.

  18. I wouldn’t mind a little surfing on Christmas as long as I could come home to some snow!

  19. This was such a great idea! Growing up in a northern climate, I always associated snow with Christmas. My husband grew up further south, and didn’t see significant snow until he was an adult. But neither of us has experienced a “summer Christmas.” What a great idea for children who live with a completely different perspective.

  20. I loved this! How fun to get another country’s version of Christmas where it isn’t cold and snowy. Very original idea!

  21. I”m like Vivian. So happy to *meet* you! We used to have an Aussie pen pal so we remember not all celebrate with snow and ice. What do you do for your tree? Is it fir?

    Love that Jack makes up his own song to jive with his views. And I love that’s on the beach. Some of the US is that way, too. Like Florida and California and the southern states like Texas. Hawaii, too. I wonder who wrote Jingle bells originally? 🙂

  22. A cute story and an Aussie Christmas jingle all in one. Great job! It’s interesting to catch a glimpse of Christmas in Australia. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Clever way to write the story. I love the images of the surf for Christmas. It made this mom grin too.

  24. Excellent! Loved your Aussie Christmas tale.

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