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Hugh Jackman just educated the US on Aussie Christmas and we swear it's not that bad, guys.

When we hear the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘celebrity’ uttered in the same sentence, it often conjures up images of a lavish, professionally prepared feast, complete with expertly decorated table and presents worth hundreds and thousands of dollars.

Or we think of stars like Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé, whose collection of Christmas classic hits make them millions of dollars every holiday season.

But it turns out that some celebrities – like Wolverine star Hugh Jackman – celebrate Christmas Day just like the rest of us… complete with sweat, swearing and drunken family members.

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 49-year-old star described just what the festive season in Australia is really like.

“Is is super, super hot,” he told the show’s host.

“But my parents, I’m English, so we persevere with all the English traditions.”

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A hot Christmas doesn't stop Hugh and his family from cooking up a hot meal.

Which, as the father-of-two pointed out, adds an entirely new element of stress and crazy to the Christmas kitchen.

"We have hot turkey, hot ham, gravies, baked potatoes cooking...it's literally like 110 degrees," Jackman said.

"The paper hats disintegrating, there's sweat, we're drunk, arguing....it's messy."

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Despite inviting Jimmy and the entire studio audience to his place for Chrissy lunch, we're quite sure Jackman was attempting to paint as bad a picture as possible of what an Aussie Christmas gathering was like.

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But here's the thing - it's the most accurate depiction of a family Christmas we've ever heard.

You see, it's just not a real Aussie Christmas lunch unless there are at least two aunties and a cousin are fighting over who glazed the ham last; a dad dripping with sweat as he flips the prawn skewers on the barbie; and every man, woman and child in attendance has a coloured stripe smeared across their head after sweating through those cheap paper crowns found in Christmas crackers.

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But Jackman did admit that an Aussie Christmas has it's upsides too, namely the activities that make the soaring temperatures just that little bit more bearable.

"We get up [Christmas morning], and go swim in the ocean," he told the crowd, who we're pretty sure stopped listening halfway through his sentence to frantically book the cheapest Qantas flights they could to join him for the summer.

It sounds as though there'd be room for them too, with Jackman joking that his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and her family do "Christmas on steroids".

"It's 30 for lunch and then 100 for dinner," he said.

"[Deb] calls it the Christmas Orphan dinner. So anyone who's without family, or doesn't celebrate Christmas for whatever reason, they're invited over."

So, we'll see you bright and early Chrissy Day then, right Hugh?

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