An indoor-outdoor Christmas. Porches, or verandas, are abundant in Australia. Again, this is because our climate is so changeable — sometimes it can be both stinking hot and raining at the same time. Either way, we end up feeling very grateful to sit under cover to enjoy our Christmas celebrations. No matter what the weather, plum pudding with lashings of brandy cream is a must on Christmas Day in Australia. The puddings are made months in advance and boiled for hours on the day, while more brandy than cream is whipped up for serving. A long veranda like this could be the perfect spot to serve a stunning outdoor Christmas meal for the entire family.