Christmas Traditions in New Zealand
In New Zealand, Christmas is celebrated with special festivity which is found nowhere in other regions of the world as this region has its own ways of celebrating it. The celebrations include special Christmas food, carols, Christmas gifts, cards, traditions, decorations and beautification and what not!!
For specially cooked Christmas food, a special Christmas menu is made which includes traditional roasts, Christmas hamburger, roasted vegetables, Christmas pudding, potatoes with gravy, and special baked Christmas cakes. These festive food items are enjoyed at dinner or lunch on 25th of December each year. Different desserts and salads are also served as special food for the occasion. New Zealand people mostly enjoy their festive meals outdoors usually on the seaside or beach making it more memorable.
Giving gifts is also a very famous feature related to the Christmas in New Zealand. These gifts are wrapped in red or green, or in festive and glamorous wrapping papers, and are placed under the Christmas trees. Children look forward to the Christmas stockings which include small gifts for them and are usually tied by their bed side. Giving cards to the friends, families and neighbors also serve a purpose of special occasion traditions. At the occasion of Christmas, they find great time enjoying with the families as that’s the ideal time the families are together and spend time with enjoyment and gratification. This makes the event more special for the New Zealand families. They celebrate the event making special decorations for the events, putting a Christmas tree in their homes and decoration them with Christmas bells, lights, stars, Christmas balls, and different festive ornaments. Artificial trees are also made a part of Christmas decorations now-a-days.
They have special Christmas carols which are sung by the children as well as adults, in the churches, towns and streets. Many Christmas carols and songs are especially composed for this event and are equally enjoyed by the children and adults.
Moreover, to make this religious event more festive and special, they celebrate it by going on two weeks off from business, outdoor celebrations are preferred and they spend their time with the friends and family on the beach enjoying and making the event more special for the coming life.