Two years ago I was in Canada for my first white Christmas. I adored it. All the imagery that surrounds Christmas made sense; The deer, the fire going, snow weighing heavy on the pine trees outside, pinecones, nutmeg, hot chocolate recipes, snow globes & Santa's winter wardrobe.
Of course down here where it's hot & muggy, the thought of sipping on a hot chocolate while sitting by the fire makes us want to reach into the chilly bin & pull out another ice cold bevvy.
Being in Canada for Christmas allowed me to reflect on some of the Kiwi traditions that sets our Christmas apart from our friends in the northern hemisphere.
Note to Santa: Remember to wear your shorts & jandals when you come down this Christmas, I think we are in for a warm festive season.
The 12 Days of a Kiwi Christmas:
12. CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
My cousin in NYC has never had the joy of popping a Christmas cracker. When she broke this news to me, I was gobsmacked! She had only seen one on Mr. Bean. Turns out Christmas crackers aren't big in the US of A. Who knew?
11. CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
(Photo Credit: theseasonedchef.com)
Because it's summer, strawberries are in season at Christmas. YES! To make these, all you do is gently melt chocolate in the microwave (30 seconds at a time), dip your strawberries then place them on a tray covered in wax paper & put in the fridge to set. It's THAT easy!
10. ORNAMENTS WITH HISTORY
Mum & I put the tree up together. It's been a tradition every year since I was little that she buys me a Christmas ornament (haha, I may be an adult but I will always be her child). Every year hanging these up lets us reminisce. My dear friend Sara who now lives in Berlin has been an integral part of our Christmas since we became friends, she bought this cable car decoration for our tree a few years back.
9. STRAIGHT HOURS TRAWLING PINTEREST
Hours spent trying to find beautiful pins relevant to a Christmas in summer - it takes a while. I can get lost in the world of Pinterest, dreams are free. Click here for the Camille Co. Christmas Pinterest Board
8. COOKIES TO DECORATE
Started by my good friend, every year for about the last 5, the girls get together to decorate cookies just before Christmas. I love this tradition (thanks Kat).
7. POHUTUKAWA BLOOMS
(Photo Credit: Steven Harrison | Seaview Photopraphy )
Dubbed the New Zealand Christmas tree because they're naturally red & green. Pohutukawas bloom just in time for Christmas. So pretty!
6. SECRET SANTAS
The tradition where you draw a name out of a hat & buy anonymously for that person. This tradition shows up at just about every work place or Christmas party in December. It never end ups being a secret.
5. CHRISTMAS MOVIES
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Elf, Bad Santa, Love Actually, The Santa Claus, Home Alone & Home Alone 2. Enough said.
4. STATUTORY HOLIDAYS
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & January the 2nd. These days off usually mean sitting in long lines of traffic to flock to the beach. For at least two weeks over the Christmas / New Year period the middle of New Zealand is virtually empty & the beaches crammed with happy campers.
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Pavlovas, Trifle, Fruitcake. I love them all. CLICK HERE for this mouth-watering Pavlova recipe.
2. SANTA PARADES
(Photo Credit: Farmers Santa Parade www.santaparade.co.nz)
The Farmers parade in Auckland city always pulls a massive crowd. Community Santa parades are always good fun too.
1. FOOD COMA, POSSIBLY A HANGOVER AND/OR SUNBURN
(Photo Credit: http://justsomething.co/25-hilarious-photos-of-cats-in-a-food-coma/)
Once the big day is here, we are either full, hungover, sunburnt, or all 3.
We have one more blog post for this year. Stay tuned to find out my favourite 5 Christmas tunes :)
Unitil next time,