A white Christmas

Bernie Walsh (right) collected this giant snowball for his grandmother Roz Derrick (left) to enjoy a white Christmas in the scorching heat.

We might sing ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,’ but the silly season down under is more often marked by scorching temperatures, summer barbecues, and cooling off in the nearest body of water.

2016 was no exception, with a high of 33.4 degrees ensuring everyone unwrapped their presents encased in a fine layer of sweat and flies.

However, one family decided that if the skies wouldn’t give them the magical snowy festivities of our European counterparts, they would simply organise it themselves. Nicole Diggins and her family ate their baked Christmas lunch around an icy centrepiece they collected from Mt Selwyn in July.

“It’s a new tradition we have started… a little white Christmas on a hot Aussie day,” explained mum Nicole Diggins.

“My son Bernie decided to make this huge snowball to bring back when we were skiing at Mt Selwyn to give his grandmother, who lives in Talbingo, but missed out on our ski trips.

“She kept it in her freezer and we decided to have it as our centrepiece for Christmas day and make it a true white Christmas with real snow to touch.”

The family got into the festive spirit with a shortbread Christmas village.

The family goes all out for Christmas: Nicole also created a shortbread village with gingerbread trees and a little santa, and cooked up a feast with locally caught rainbow trout and turkey.

“[We ate] turkey based beautifully, crunchy potatoes, sautéed beans and almonds, but the hero of the table would have to be [the] surprise appearance of Mr Snow Ball that Bernie created,” she said.

This was the first year they have included a touch of winter in their Christmas celebrations, but Nicole said she is planning on making a tradition of it.