Story of some Brits living in New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere Winter in 2004
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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Mid-winter christmas

There's something funny about Christmas here. Kiwi's don't seem to get a proper feel for a normal christmas in December because it's the middle of summer. So, whilst they still celebrate in December they don't normally have a full Christmas dinner. Instead, around this time in June they have what's called 'mid-winter Christmas'. Mainly I think this is used as an excuse for a work meal out but as you might guess, the whole thing is spreading and now some people seem to buy presents - there was even a Santa at our local supermarket yesterday but when we turned up for a photo he'd fled. Or perhaps, when we turned up for a photo he fled!

Oh well, I'm now on a quest for a christmas dinner and santa claus sighting!


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