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.