One of the things we wondered before coming to NZ was how the Kiwis do Christmas.
Celebrating at the start of summer, do they have the same traditions and use the same imagery as the UK?
In short, yes. Yes, they do. Things are very familiar as we enter the festive season, with the weather prompting the only noticeable differences.
Last week, we were starting to feel festive by…
Watching a Christmas classic
But outside, on a balmy evening. We watched It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen at Silo Park on the waterfront. If you haven’t seen it, make this year the year you do! With fresh popcorn, red wine and a cracking line-up of festive films, we’ll struggle to find an better Friday night alternative.
Silo Park is also home to Santa, but not in his grotto – in his bach (summer-house in a silo).
Buying my Secret Santa present
I only started at work 2 weeks ago, so I really hope the woman I’m buying for likes Lush!
Having a roast dinner
With our British friends – impromptu, with a hangover and one cracker…
‘Q. Why does the golfer have 2 pairs of trousers?’ – answers below please.
Ho, ho, ho.
I’m sure everyone who experiences Christmas in Australasia (not matter how long they’ve lived here) finds the sunshine pretty jarring alongside carols, fir trees and santa in his big red suit. And obviously planning for Christmas already doesn’t feel the same knowing that we’ll be away from friends and family… but we’re hoping good food, wine and some Skyping will make us feel festive.
Apologies for the clumsy title of this post, originally I’d thought ‘feeling festive down under’ but it just didn’t work… for multiple reasons.