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A very Kiwi Christmas

And speaking of Christmas, it always seemed a bit weird to me that the majority of references we see are for a northern hemisphere Christmas.  Here in the southern hemisphere, Christmas is our summer.  A traditional Kiwi Christmas is often a BBQ or a beach day.

On Friday night, as us wild women do, Mum and I went to The Warehouse (think Walmart or Target) as were looking for a bargain.  Mum was looking to buy a small Christmas something for the grandkids, that way she could just give them some cash and be done with the whole kerfuffle for this year.

We strolled over in the direction of their chocolates and sweets, and what do we spy? Some fabbo Kiwiana inspired Christmas goodies.  It almost made me want to have a Kiwi Christmas.

We were saying how cool some of these items would be to take as gifts to family and friends overseas.  Or anyone holidaying here for Christmas could snap up some reasonably priced, practical souvenirs.

For non-Kiwi speakers you may find this list of translations helpful when viewing the photos –

  • Pukeko = Native blue-purplish Swamp hen, fairly commonly seen in wetlands and rural areas
  • Kiwi = endangered native bird, also the national bird of New Zealand.  Also commonly used to refer to a New Zealand citizen  (Note – when referring to the fruit we always call it a Kiwifruit)
  • Kiwiana = something that depicts New Zealand kitsch culture
  • Hokey-Pokey = honeycomb toffee
  • Biscuit = we use the UK definition –  equivalent of the US “Cookie”
  • Pohutukawa = native coastal evergreen tree, with a crimson flower around Christmas time aka “New Zealand Christmas tree”
  • Kowhai = native tree with yellow bell-shaped flowers – also flowers around Christmas time
  • Kea = large alpine parrot
Ceramic Pukeko

Ceramic Pukeko filled with Toffees

Hokey Pokey Kiwi

Chocolate Hokey Pokey Kiwi

Kiwi Christmas Advent Calendar

Kiwi Christmas Advent Calendar

Kiwiana biscuit tins

Kiwiana tins with biscuits in them

Kiwiana Christmas Crackers

Kiwiana Christmas Crackers

Merchandise Stand

Merchandise Stand – note the nice tins with New Zealand native birds

New Zealand themed biscuit tins

New Zealand themed biscuit tins

Pohutukawa & Kowhai Tin

Pohutukawa & Kowhai Tin with shortbread biscuits in them

Pohutukawa Christmas Bauble

Pohutukawa Christmas Bauble (sorry about the crappy pic)

Reese's Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

(American) Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas Trees – $10 a bag!!!!!

Stand with various tins of goodies

Stand with various tins of goodies

Stylised Pukeko, Kiwi and Kea's with Marsh Mallows

Stylised Pukeko, Kiwi and Kea’s with Marsh Mallows




About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.


8 thoughts on “A very Kiwi Christmas

  1. Brilliant. Here in Oz they tried to get rid of the Easter Bunny and replace him with an Easter Bilby. But no one bought him so that died a death. I hope you guys have better luck. It’s a good idea

    Posted by suchled | November 10, 2014, 5:13 pm
  2. Thats sad really. We don’t have much choice here, drive 5 minutes and you are out of the city for most places. But we don’t have the animals, just birds.

    Posted by The Sock Mistress | November 10, 2014, 8:27 pm
  3. I would love to visit parts of the southern hemisphere during the summer Christmas 🙂

    Posted by asthaguptaa | November 10, 2014, 10:04 pm
  4. Living in North American all my life it was very strange when I visited Brazil for one Christmas. I always associate Christmas with snow. Even when I lived in Texas it was so weird to see people putting up Christmas decorations in shorts with roses blooming. But laying on a beach in the middle of December seems like a pretty good idea! I LOVE the little bird tins, so cute.

    Posted by Life on a Dirt Road | November 11, 2014, 2:32 am

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