It’s the season to be jolly, but not if you own a white Christmas tree or you’re a fan of Bundaberg rum egg nog.
For while you might not realise it, every little festive thing you do is a social signifier – and can reveal more about you than you might realise.
Sharing online, Australians have revealed the Christmas items and habits that make you look bogan and why.
So what are they?
Australians have shared the Christmas habits that make you bogan – including white Christmas trees that are covered in fake snow (stock image)
You might have seen them on cars driving up and down the motorway, but Australians on Facebook all agree that putting reindeer antlers on your car is bogan (pictured)
REINDEER ANTLERS ON YOUR CAR
You might have seen them on cars driving up and down the motorway, but Australians on Facebook all agree that putting reindeer antlers on your car is bogan:
‘Putting reindeer antlers on your car at Christmas time is a big no no,’ one person wrote.
‘Then forgetting about them til you need to take them off to put the Aussie flags on for Australia Day.’
Others highlighted a bogan tendency among people who put the reindeer antlers on, only for one to fall off.
‘Then driving about with only one because one of your little crotch goblins messed with the window and it fell off,’ they wrote.
One person drew attention to Bundaberg’s rum egg nog, which they said is a ‘subtle’ sign you’re bogan (pictured)
POSTING ‘IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS’
It’s the perennial Christmas saying, but sharing ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ on Instagram or Facebook with a photo of your Christmas tree is the last word in bogan for some.
‘Oh my god, I do this,’ said some – while others shared guilty photos of their own social media posts.
DRINKING BUNDABERG RUM EGG NOG
One person drew attention to Bundaberg’s rum egg nog, which they said is a ‘subtle’ sign you’re bogan.
‘Top of drunk mum’s Christmas shopping list,’ one person posted.
Another added: ‘This is so unholy’.
ORGANISING THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH FROM COLES’ CATALOGUE
‘Organising the Christmas lunch from this guy [is bogan],’ one person posted – alongside a snap of the Coles festive recipe catalogue.
‘Doing this, then telling everyone at lunch “their recipes are actually really good” is bogan,’ another added.
‘Organising the Christmas lunch from this guy [is bogan],’ one person posted – alongside a snap of the Coles festive recipe catalogue (pictured)
HAVING A WHITE CHRISTMAS TREE
Many said they simply can’t stand white Christmas trees – which they see as hugely naff.
‘They are especially bad when they’re decorated with fake snow,’ one person wrote.
SAYING ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS’
It’s a common social media post for celebrities and influencers, but Australians all agree that saying ‘Merry Christmas from my family to yours’ is bogan.
‘I swear I’ve seen thousands of these ya bogans,’ one person posted.
‘I’ve been on social media for all of ten minutes and I’m ready to delete Facebook after reading this caption a hundred times over,’ another added.
DRINKING CROWN LAGER ON CHRISTMAS DAY
You might not realise it, but drinking Crown lager on Christmas Day is ‘bogan’, according to thousands online.
‘This is me every year,’ one person said proudly.
‘Special occasion beer.’
Others said they were ‘guilty as charged’ of drinking the beer.
Some highlighted cringey social media posts including pictures of your Christmas tree with lines like ‘Tis the season’ (pictured)
NOT RIPPING YOUR CHRISTMAS WRAPPING
If you’ve ever been with someone who doesn’t want to rip the Christmas wrapping paper so they can use it next year, you’ll know how irritating this can be.
While eco-friendly, many highlighted that such a habit is ‘bogan’ as ‘wrapping paper costs about $2’.
‘This is more Scottish than bogan,’ one person piped up.
WEARING YOUR CHRISTMAS CRACKER HAT
Some said wearing your hat from your Christmas cracker is ‘bogan’, while others said trying to ‘stack’ the hats on top of one another at the table is even more so.
‘You have to wear the hat, it’s the Christmas law,’ one person said.
Others shared the cringey Christmas social media posts they see online all the time (pictured)
PUTTING ALL OF YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ON AFTERPAY
AfterPay has soared in popularity in recent months, with many people using the handy tool to make sure they can afford their shopping.
But for many, it’s not the answer for your Christmas presents.
‘Putting all of your Christmas shopping on AfterPay is supremely bogan,’ one person wrote.
SAYING ‘I’D HATE TO SEE THE POWER BILL’ AT AN ELABORATE LIGHTS DISPLAY
Many have been guilty of it, but saying ‘I’d hate to see the power bill’ as you pass an elaborate Christmas lights display is ‘bogan’.
‘This is my dad right now. At every single display. And elbow nudge is always included,’ one person wrote.
‘Whipped this one out a few times recently,’ another added.
Speaking previously to FEMAIL, Sydney-based etiquette expert Anna Musson (pictured) revealed the dos and don’ts of Christmas – and why a tree should always be real and green
Speaking previously to FEMAIL, Sydney-based etiquette expert Anna Musson revealed the dos and don’ts of Christmas – and why a tree should always be real and green.
‘These days, Christmas trees vary hugely from huge natural trees to white designer models 50 centimetres high,’ the etiquette expert told FEMAIL.
‘But a green tree, with good quality baubles and coloured or white lights will always make you look wealthy.’
On the subject of decorations, it’s a big no no to tinsel from Anna, who said the popular item still makes even the classiest of homes look bogan.
However, she swears by personalised baubles or even homemade decorations, which she said add a personal festive feel.
Classy parties & gifts
* Christmas gift for the neighbours
* Christmas earrings and ties on the last day of work
* Thoughtful Kris Kingle
* Christmas cards, posted
* Saying: ‘How thoughtful!’ when you open a present
* A small gift for your boss – like Gold Class movie tickets or a coffee mug
* Saying Merry Christmas
* Keeping your shoes on all night
* Homemade gifts or homemade bon bons
Bogan parties & gifts
* Being drunk at the Christmas party
* Hosting a Christmas party without telling or inviting the neighbours
* Not giving direct reports a gift
* Saying Happy Holidays
* Walking the streets or dancing in bare feet
* E-Christmas cards
* Gag Kris Kingle gift
* Saying: ‘This really isn’t my sort of gift’ when you open a present
* Cut flowers – the host will have to work to cut them up
Anna said you shouldn’t ‘go near Turducken’ or chicken inside a turkey (pictured), as this is hugely bogan
The subject of Christmas lunch is a topic of hot discussion up and down the country right now.
* Glazed doughnuts
* Lunch before 1pm
* Serving food with plastic cutlery
* Store-bought biscuits
Should you have prawns or turkey, and pavlova or trifle?
‘Turkey is a classic choice you can’t go wrong with in Australia,’ Anna said.
‘But don’t go near the Turducken – or chicken inside a duck inside a turkey.
‘I also love trifles and pavlova, which should always be served from proper cutlery rather than plastic,’ she added.
‘You should have linen napkins at your table and a linen tablecloth if you want to seem classy and rich.’
On the more bogan side of things, the etiquette expert said you should steer clear of glazed doughnuts, store-bought biscuits and vinyl tablecloths.
‘Homemade treats or bonbons imply class at an event,’ she said.
‘As does serving lunch at exactly 1pm, to allow for three servings of pavlova throughout the afternoon.’
On the more bogan side of things, the etiquette expert said you should steer clear of glazed doughnuts (pictured), store-bought biscuits and vinyl tablecloths
GIFTS AND CARDS
When it comes to gifts, the question of where to draw the line is a tricky one.
We all know we should give presents to our family and loved ones, but what about bosses and friends?
‘You should definitely give your boss a Christmas present – it doesn’t have to be big, but just something to show that you appreciate your job,’ Anna said.
‘Send Christmas cards to your clients, your neighbours, family, friends and anyone you value in your life. There are very few times we take a moment to let a person know we are thinking of them – and not just on social media. This is one of them.’
Thoughtful Kris Kingle gifts, she added, are classy, while showing your displeasure at a present or giving a jokey Kris Kingle gift is the height in being bogan.
‘If flowers are your thing, they should be displayed in a box that can go on the table or in a vase already,’ Anna added.
‘Never bring cut flowers to a party, because they create work for the host who must find a vase and place to display the flowers while greeting guests and stirring the gravy.’