Tenants in Hobart: December 25, the Day North Goes South
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16 December 2017

Tenants in Hobart: December 25, the Day North Goes South

How do Hobart tenants decorate their rental homes for Christmas? Basically, it seems they do the same thing as tenants and residents all over the southern hemisphere. They mimic the upper half of the globe, but in a southern hemisphere kind of way. Baxton Property Management in Hobart looks at the hold traditional Christmas finery still has in Tasmania in 2017.

When the Top Goes Down Under

If you are new to Hobart, renting there after immigrating to Tasmania, you might find Christmas comfortingly reminiscent of your homeland in its decorations, a feeling that may ease the homesickness at a time of the year when it’s traditionally all about family and friends. That is, until you arrive home hot from a day in the summer sun, and possibly suffering the after effects of a day’s baking on one of the many beaches around Hobart, and the incongruity of fir trees and snow in a summer setting may start to hit home.

But if you’re planning to settle in Hobart, you’re going to have to accept it. Northern Hemisphere decorations dripping with snowy glitter and bright red suits intended to turn Dads into Santa for a few hours on Christmas morning, are on display and on sale everywhere. Even the advertisements in Christmas shops proudly tout their wares as “imported from the Northern Hemisphere”.

Going Public on White Christmases

Tasmanian support for traditional Christmases has also spilt over into a public outcry at a ban on seasonal displays at certain state outlets like Service Tasmania. Residents also protested strongly at the town’s main Christmas tree which cost the city $35000 in 2015, some dubbing the wire structure with a star on top of it, a “tomato trellis”. The council has had to take note, and last month lit up a new 14m tree full of LED lights and neon shooting stars on the waterfront which cost three times as much. It also set up a Christmas lights programme that would include taking an old artificial tree out of storage for another display, and planting some real Christmas trees for use when the modernistic ones stop working about 10 years from now.

Remembering Their Heritage

It’s not that Tasmanian’s completely ignore their own heritage for one day of the year. In fact residents complaining about the banning and the modernistic trees, seemed to believe that assailing a traditional white Christmas, was attacking Australian culture. And there have been steps towards including their famous wildlife into Christmas decorations, both in publicly displayed bespoke decorations, and in terms of little items to hang on the tree. However, even the platypuses are expected to hang alongside snowflakes, and Australia’s famous Koala bears are trimmed up with Santa hats to fit in well with reindeer in the tree’s snow-covered environment.

Snowy Look to Summer

As in other Southern Hemisphere countries like South Africa, the Northern Hemisphere Christmas scenario has been absorbed into the local culture, and there’s nothing strange about tanning all day on a beach, perhaps even having a BBQ instead of turkey for Christmas dinner. Provided you can come home to a wintery tree. When it comes to decorations, snow, ice and red hats are still generally the hottest thing in Tasmania at Christmas time. But, then, Hobart has been known to see snow on Christmas Day, even if it’s often only on the mountains.

Baxton Property Management in Hobart sees it as part of its role as a Tasmanian specialist in its field, to enlighten and inform its investment property clients and their tenants about Hobart, its lifestyle and its environment. And to welcome new tenants to Australia’s smallest capital city, Hobart, and make them feel the warmth and uniqueness of Tasmania’s rental lifestyle. For information on its more traditional property management services, contact Baxton on its website.


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