A real Kiwi Christmas: How New Zealanders commemorate the holidays

From tucking into a huge pavlova then snoozing under a pohutukawa tree, a Kiwi Christmas is one for the album. New Zealand has its own unique culture and Christmas customs that blend influences from Britain, America, its Maori individuals and the warm weather. Read on to find the special ways that New Zealanders like to commemorate the vacations.

New Zealanders have their own unique Christmas trees

In December the pohutukawa tree marks the joyful season with a surge of brilliant crimson red flowers. While New Zealanders still set up a traditional genuine or fake pine Christmas tree inside their homes, the pohutukawa tree discovered in parks, by beaches and in forests around the nation frequently include on joyful cards and in poems and tunes.

The most famous pohutukawa is an ancient gnarly and twisted tree that sits alone on the windy clifftop of Cape Reinga. The native Maori individuals believe that from here the spirits of the dead start their journey to Hawaiki, their standard homeland.

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feast, barbecue or hangi It’s summertime in New Zealand so while some households still cook a hearty standard roast lunch (with turkey, ham, lamb or beef, roast vegetables, kumara potato and trimmings) many families rather choose an easy barbecue or beachside picnic. Just like in Australia, the warm weather condition has an impact on New Zealand Christmas food with many dishing out fresh seafood and local fare instead of the conventional hot roast imported from the northern hemisphere.

If the family has Maori roots, a conventional hangi may be on the menu. A hangi is a design of underground cooking where fish and chicken, vegetables and kumara (sweet potato) are wrapped in flax leaves (more likely cloth sacks and aluminum foil nowadays). The food is put on hot stones at the bottom of a pit in the ground, covered with a damp cloth and buried with earth. It takes 3 to four hours to cook, and as Christmas Day is a public vacation around the country, households have time to cook and link. The result is tender meat and vegetables instilled with a smokey, earthy flavour.

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New Zealand’s only quarrel with its neighbour Australia is over a dessert frequently served on Christmas Day and throughout summertime: the pavlova. Both countries declare the baked meringue, topped with cream and fresh summertime fruits, is their development. New Zealanders likewise consume pudding, fruit mince pies and Christmas cake for dessert. New Zealanders have their own carols

In December New Zealand is the reverse of a winter season wonderland so it shouldn’t be a surprise that some crafty kiwis have actually changed the lyrics to some preferred carols or written all-new original Christmas tunes. Some favourites that get a spin each year include Te Haranui, Christmas in New Zealand, A Kiwiana Christmas and Sticky Beak the Kiwi. The 12 Days of Christmas has actually been rewritten as A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree, and some carols, such as Quiet Night, have been translated into the native Maori language.

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in the southern hemisphere. A New Zealand Christmas tradition is for Santa to be using jandals (it’s what Kiwis call flip flops). In some cases he ditches the fur-trimmed coat for a pair of speedos too. You’ve been warned! A daring entryway resulted in conventional Santa parades Considering that the early 1900s, New Zealand’s

department stores have actually been drawing clients into the city centres with the guarantee of in-store Santas to fulfill and welcome great kids and girls. Typically Santa would go on an unique journey to arrive. In the 1930s Santa got here in Christchurch on an elephant, other cities and shops flew Santa in by plane, and in 1937 Santa topped it off by parachuting into Auckland. Over the years Santa was joined by an entourage of elves and amusing characters to captivate the crowds. And thus, the Christmas parade was born. Nowadays the parades are run by charitable groups or the regional council with sponsorship to assist spend for the numerous lavish costumes and giant floats. ASSOCIATED CONTENT: Why I’ll never tire of being a Travel Director in New Zealand State Meri Kirihimete! Maori culture and language is dearly liked and respected

by the New Zealand people and peppered into discussions. From stating kia ora(hey there)to revealing your aroha(love)for the nation, put in some effort and the locals will invite

you as their whānau(extended family) at Christmas. Meri Kirihimete! Spend Boxing Day on the beach On December 26 households pack up their Christmas leftovers and head for an unwinded day at the beach. Anticipate to see groups of loved ones sprawling out under a pohutukawa tree, playing a friendly video game of cricket or rugby and going for a swim in the ocean. GET MOTIVATED: Contrasts of New Zealand What do you think of these New Zealand Christmas customs? Let us know in the remarks …

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