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Happy Christmas from Auckland!

sunny 25 °C

Greetings! Just a quick post to wish all my online friends joys of the season and peace for the New Year.

Kiwis don’t say Merry Christmas as much; it is often Happy Christmas. The holidays here in NZ are pleasantly low key. Shopping is happening but not frenzied. There are parties and gifts yet everything seem to be a smaller scale. I see few lights on houses in our neighborhood, wreaths are here and there, and trees or blow up plastic Santa’s grace the occasional house. Decorations, e.g. at the mall, are much smaller and village shops often have homemade/hand done decorations. It is not “flash”! The concept of scale is interesting. The other day I thought the way people live, even structures and systems in NZ exist on a very human scale. We are a small country and humanity is valued.

It’s hot, yet for days we had torrential rain. Then the sun finally came out so the flowers are brilliant. Butterflies and birds abound. Ahh, the joys of summer! Today we swam in the sea, our first swim of the year. Fantastic! The water felt so good, so refreshing.

Our time in NZ has flown by and we are very glad we are here. I miss very little other than the people I care about. Never a Pollyanna however; next post may be more about the not so nice aspects… as everyplace has them and no place is perfect.

Let’s all hope for a peaceful and positive 2011.

Posted by Hilary G 00:37 Archived in New Zealand Tagged flowers christmas swim hot decorations

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

by dgarris

Sounds heavenly...driving here in Denver where EVERYONE wants to be somewhere else as fast as they can is not relaxing at all...my Christmas was low key though and I had Christmas supper with my mammographer's family. After years of her doing my mammograms and going with me to surgeries we have bonded!

Hope you and Howard (and of course Kenzie) had a great Christmas and will have a super good New year...my hope is for health and happiness for everyone! Hugs to you both and pats for the pup!

by barbmercha

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