But some northern hemisphere Christmas traditions persist here - the exotic Christmas tree, the carols, the snowy, wintry scenes.
Despite the heat (and I mean, HEAT! it was 37 degrees C today), I like to find Christmassy things in all manner of places you might not expect.
Here are a few:
Red and white feijoa flowers . . .
candy striped petunias . . .
these heart-shaped leaves in a wreath-like tangle (this is String of Hearts in a hanging basket) . . .
bells of various shapes and sizes (this one is Penstemon 'Sour Grapes') . . .
Not to mention, decorating the tree! Christmas is coming!