Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas in New Zealand

Pohutakawa flowers, our New Zealand Christmas tree is the Pohutakawa around this time it bursts out into a bright red display of cheery blooms.


Christmas in New Zealand is celebrated with blues skies and warm sunny days, a time for families to gather to exchange gifts and good wishes, to attend a Church service for many, to celebrate Christ, the reason for the season,then to over indulge in great feasts of food. For many generations Christmas dinner was an exact copy of English dinners with roast turkey or chicken with all the trimmings, plus a ham, followed by hot heavy Christmas puddings and Christmas cake, but now days many head to the beach for a barbecue or picnic, a much more relaxed meal, but, I shall be taking my old Mother along with us to Springlands Tavern to a Christmas Dinner buffet, as we have for the last 10 years. so we shall be having a big feast of the old style Christmas dinner. This way I don't have to prepare all that food and nor do I have to clear up afterwards, instead we can just rest up and 'enjoy' the feel of an over full tummy, and remember Christmas's gone by.


Christmas lilies; a sure sign that it is Christmas, although many people suffer from allergies still lots of us Kiwis have a big bunch of these beautiful lilies in-doors, bringing a fragrance that is rather over powering but very Christmasy to us.

This is My World at Christmas time.

A warm Merry Christmas to you all.

22 comments:

ewok1993 said...

Lovely flowers. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

fishing guy said...

Glennis: A very nice post for christmas downunder. We think of the Easter Lillies rather then Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday.

Ferran said...

Very nice to read how is Xmas celebrated in NZ. Pretty differently in this part of the world, at least for two reasons: the climate (much cooler these days) and also because our big fest is the meal on the 25, instead of the dinner on the 24.

Merry Christmas.

babooshka said...

A totally different Christmas to mine, wet and windy.

namaki said...

for us Christmas is wet and cold ... but not snowy (unfortunately)... thanks for your seasons greetings !

Yogi said...

Enjoy your Christmas. It was 9 deg F here this morning.
Thanks for your post.

starnitesky said...

Such a different Christmas to here in the UK. Beautiful flowers. Hope you have a good Christmas!

KOSTAS said...

Very good blog with exelent posts meny informations and beautiful photos!
In Greece we have a lot of cold, but without snow!
My best wishes for Merry Christmas too

Mojo said...

Nicely shot! What smells of Christmas here is usually green and coniferous. Amazing what a difference it makes to have Christmas in summer.

Arija said...

Lovely Christmas Lilies. Nice to go out with your mother for Christmas dinner.

Wren said...

Lovely flowers, and so nice to see them this time of year.

Elaine Dale said...

Nice to read about your Christmas down under.

Merry Christmas from Ontario, Canada!

Lawstude said...

these are really lovely flowers and my girlfriend would certainly love them.

anyways, have a joyful christmas to you and your love ones... from my islands to yours.

Judith said...

the lilies are beautiful and I love the smell. My sister in law lived in Australia for 6 yrs and she and her family miss the BBQ on the beach on Christmas Day.

Thank you for visiting my site - I hope you will pop in again. Happy Christmas, Judith

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Le tue foto sono meravigliose.-
Se molto fortunato a vivere in New Zelan.-
Dai un abbraccio a tutto quel tuo sole !. :-)

Torsdag said...

Thank you for visiting my blog from New Zealand. Good to get the chande to have a window opened to this wonderful country.
Hallo from Gemany
Hartmut

zirelda said...

How cool to see what Christmas is like in your part of the world. The lilies are beautiful.

Here it is cold and the land is gone to sleep. But the lights people put up are kinda neat.

Kostas said...

I wish you for New Year 2009 it gives peace, health, chance and happiness!

merike said...

Thank you for your good wishes! We wish you and Erle a wonderful new year 2009!!

magiceye said...

!!!! WISH YOU AND YOURS A SUPER 2009 !!!!

Karey Pustejovsky said...

What BEAUTIFUL pictures! We had a beautiful day here yesterday and it was a taste of spring. Today it's back to typical December weather! Thanks for your comment! :)

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