Christmas 2013 in regional Australia | PHOTOS

'Twas a big day around the country

Claire and Glenn Roennfeldt felt they had Christmas wrapped up and ready to roll when they bunkered down for some shut-eye on Christmas Eve.

Unfortunately for these grandparents, they were one of two families whose homes were broken into and Christmas parents ransacked, leaving nothing for excited children to unwrap.

One radio disk jockey decided it was more important to share the spirit with his listeners on the big morning rather than have a sleep-in, while there were several serious crashes including near Mandurah in WA.

In South Australia, a man was taken to hospital after two intruders stormed his house on Christmas Eve, armed with a metal pole.

Christmas Day didn't get off to a great start for this L-plate driver. Police say not only did the learner return a positive result for alcohol but so did his supervising driver.

A team of scientists from the Illawarra spent a frosty day, trapped in ice near Antartica – a far cry from backyard cricket and shrimp on the barbie.

Babies Aria Kershaw and Cody Glasby simply couldn't hold on any longer and burst into the world on Christmas Day. Aria’s mother, Linda Stewart, was actually in the middle of a last-minute shopping dash when she went into labour.

New arrivals Willow and Rory also made a splash on Christmas Day in Ballarat, Victoria. Two families in Bendigo also welcomed new arrivals.

The meaning of Christmas is buried under a pile of presents and banquets. - Reverend Christine Moimoi

Ferdrika Hammarberg from Sweden spent her first Christmas at the beach in 30+ degree heat and a dose of special Santa dust helped the man in red find brothers Spencer and Fletcher who spent the night away from home.

The Christian meaning of Christmas wasn't lost on parishioners. Reverend Christine Moimoi said the real meaning was commonly "buried under a pile of presents and banquets."

Residents at Port Macquarie were asked to share their Christmas photos through Instagram which revealed some interesting moments including Santa with his dog on a surf board.

Finally, here's a beautiful story about a little boy named Miles Wilton who, with the help of St Vincent de Paul's, received an extra special gift – his freedom. The now five-year-old had a stroke when he was aged just two.

How did you celebrate? Send a photo, with the names of those in the picture (from left to right) to rholliday@fairfaxmedia.com.au and we'll include it in our gallery.

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