Christmas season is a great time to enjoy in New Zealand! In New Zealand, Christmas was introduced by the British in the 18th century. In the U.S. and Europe, Christmas is identified with snow and winter. But Christmas in New Zealand falls during the summer. A common Christmas decoration in New Zealand is the pohutukawa tree which blooms at that time.
All cities in New Zealand have a Santa Parade every year in November or December. The Christmas Parade is free, even though there are many countries that participate in it and spend a lot of money for the parade.
Christmas in New Zealand is incomplete without visiting the beach. Beaches in New Zealand are full of visitors throughout December. Of course, this is probably children are on their summer holidays. New Zealanders also celebrate Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas (December 26th).
Christmas cards are also an important part of celebrating Christmas in New Zealand. If family members are far away from each other, they will exchange Christmas cards. A common Christmas card used is one with a picture of a pohutukawa tree. Some families prefer to go to church to celebrate Christmas, then gather together and enjoy a meal together. Many families go to the beach or the backyard and have a barbecue! Other families have a traditional Christmas dinner similar to what you would find in the U. S. or the U.K., with roast turkey, vegetables, and sauces. This traditional dinner would end with a fruity Christmas pudding in brandy sauce. Other common desserts served on Christmas are pavlova, trifle, ice cream and christmas cake.
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