A Good Old Kiwi Christmas

That blaze of red right there folks (image to you right) is the flower of the Pohutakawa tree, NZ’s Christmas tree. And see that beach beyond the flower? That beach (oh, okay, not that particular beach but one fairly similar) is where I’ll be the day after New Year. Beaches, sun, sand and Pohutakawa trees are the vital elements of a good, old Kiwi Christmas, which, I know, is inconceivable to all you folk buried deep in the snow.

Well, can I say I’m envious? I’d love a white christmas, I really would. I did live in London for a few years but even then we didn’t ever have a truly white Christmas. But then again, there is a certain something to sipping Christmas bubbles on the deck in the sun in your t-shirt and then perhaps going for a post-prandial swim… I guess it’s all in what you’re used to.

Anyway, I’ll be be around until after New Year (still waiting on my character tweaks) and then I’ll be up north at the beach where there is NO INTERNET! I do not know how I will cope. I’m hoping Santa will bring me an iPhone for Christmas so I won’t be completely cut off…:-)

But the point of this blog post (yes, I do have one) is to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year. Here’s lots of lovely Kiwi sun and warmth coming to all those in the cold, and to those in the Southern Hemisphere, let’s hope it doesn’t get too hot!

24 thoughts on “A Good Old Kiwi Christmas”

  1. A beach christmas you say? Hmmm -I’ve never had one of those LOL… I love our hot Chrissy’s.

    Merry Christmas to you too Jackie -hope you and your family have a fab one! Here’s hoping the new year 2010 will be kind to us all.

  2. Janette – we had a beach Christmas last year. Was fantastic! You have a good one too. And we all know what we’d like for 2010 eh? πŸ˜‰

    Kerrin – Raglan sounds lovely. It’s so beautiful down there. Hope Boxing Day brings you some good weather.

  3. Merry Christmas Jackie!

    We live in Florida so we often have warm winters but currently are enjoying some cold temps. Reminds of when I was a kid in Louisiana. My memories tell me Christmas is supposed to be cold.

    I guess when my kids grow up, they’ll think Christmas is supposed to be warm and rainy since it often rains Christmas day in the land of Mickey Mouse.

  4. Im so happy for all you people having a warm Christmas *she says between clenched teeth*. Grrrr.

    I so should live in the southern hemisphere. I don’t *do* cold at all. Although we haven’t had snow since Saturday evening here, it’s still laying thickly on the ground and the sky is looking a bit heavey again πŸ™

    But a Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jackie. Hoping Santa is listening and you get your iphone, they’re fantastic. I’d be lost without mine.

  5. Katie, my ancestral memories are supposed to be of cold Christmases as well. Real memories are of sun and sand! Oh and hey, most of the time it rains on Christmas Day here too. Hope you have a good one.

    Rach – I’m crossing my fingers really, really hard for that one!

    Joanne – I’d swap you a warm Christmas for a cold one. Honestly! And don’t talk about how much you love your iPhone. EVERYONE I know who has one raves about it. They won’t shut up! I’m green as a green thing. πŸ™‚ Clever Apple.

  6. Have a lovely Christmas Jackie! I’m in the ‘freezing’ section this Christmas, and worrying that my family who have to come from England might have trouble travelling, so I’m twitchy until they get here. Especially my mum whos travelling alone through a frozen airport…

  7. A very Merry Christmas to you and the Jax clan! Wowzer at that beach. Sounds blissful – enjoy. And may 2010 bring you all the good stuff *pretzeling for your character blurbs*. The force is strong and I have faith. jx

  8. I had a hot, sunny beach Christmas last year (think deck chair in the water, waves breaking over me!), which makes the cold and snow this year even harder to bear! I am sooo jealous of your sunshine, but I hope you have a lovely, gorgeous holiday and you get your iPhone! Like Joanne, I don’t know what I’d do without mine!


  9. I’d swap with you in heartbeat right now Jackie. Although at least I’ve been walking on snow, not ice, today.
    Remind me, what does that sun thing look like???

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jackie.

    That beach looks so warm (cue wistful sigh, while wearing two jumpers and huddling over a hot water bottle).


  11. We’ve got a blanket of snow so it will be a white Christmas this year for sure. Brrr! I still yearn for those warm Christmas days when I had desert sand beneath my feet, blue sky overhead. I definitely have a bad case of envy going on πŸ™‚
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and wishing the absolute best New Year ever!!

  12. Sally – hope your family reach you safely. Especially your mother. Sounds like you could definitely do with some Kiwi sun.

    Judy – I’m hoping the force stays strong too! Thanks for the Christmas wishes. Hope you have a great one as well.

    Maya – argh, not another iPhone convert! Well, if Santa doesn’t bring one Dr Jax may have to do without a birthday pressie. πŸ™‚ Hope the snow doesn’t get you down too much, Maya!

    Lorraine – it’s big and yellow and very warm. Hangs in the sky. Sending some over right now.

    Suzanne – Merry Xmas to you too. On the up side, you can be smug when winter rolls around here and I’m shivering while you guys get lots of the warm stuff. πŸ™‚

    Eve – thanks for the Christmas wishes! The warmth is nice though thoughts of snow would be quite nice too. Always better in the imagination I’m thinking…

    Kristy – Merry Christmas to you too. Will post pics of the beach for the extra smug factor. πŸ™‚

  13. I’m up to my eyeballs baking individual almond dacquoises, cheesecakes, sponges… and thinking of that strip of beach you posted. Mmmmm. Gorgeous!

    Wishing you a very Merry Xmas and a fruitful NYear with a bounty of sustainable IC for all your heroes. I hope all our hard yakka pays off in 2010.

  14. Merry christmas and best wishes for the new year!

    I live too far from the beach, but it’ll definitely be Christmas and New Year around the swimming pool.

  15. Jackie, leave the room for a moment…*psssst* Dr. Jax…doesn’t take a professional to discover that the wife wants an iphone…I’m sure she’ll thank you accordingly, just a heads up.

    Okay, Jackie can come back now.

    Warm Christmas, huh? We don’t get white Christmases all that often here in Orygun but it’s most definitely cold. And usually rainy. But it’s what feels traditional to me, so I don’t mind at all.

    But I’d love to hit that beach one-a these days. It’s lovely!

  16. Thanks Romy. Go the Southern Hemisphere eh?

    Think you’ll be having a white chrissie this year though, eh Maisey? Hope you have a fantastic one. Will grab Dr Jax and direct him to your comment. Discretely. πŸ˜‰

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