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Christmas is celebrated on December 25 in almost every corner of the world. As it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is a time for family and church services, but also for shopping and partying. Modern Christmas traditions began to take form in the 1800s. Many Christmas songs, customs and decorations are similar worldwide, with the most common customs being big family meals and gift giving.

Christmas in New Zealand

Christmas in New Zealand is in summer, so there are Kiwi Christmas dishes and Christmas songs that are different to those in the northern hemisphere. Most people in New Zealand open their presents on Christmas morning and gather with extended family for lunch (dinner) and tea. Christmas dinner is often a barbecue accompanied by cold ham, and dessert includes pavlova, raspberries, strawberries, and kiwifruit. Kiwi Christmas songs include classic carols and songs unique to NZ, such as Aoteroa Christmas.

Most families put up Christmas decorations inside their homes in mid to late December. Some neighbourhoods add decorations to the outside of their homes. Farmers sponsors the most famous Santa parade in New Zealand and has great Christmas promotions. Christmas bargains can also be found at New World, Countdown and The Warehouse.

Classic and modern Christmas movies, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street, are popular. Many people also watch the Queen’s Christmas Message on TV.

Christmas Deals

But Christmas is really about the presents, meaning that this is the season for shopping. Almost all shops and chain stores run sales and distribute leaflets, flyers, and catalogues. Sales last until the end of Christmas Eve, but leaving all your shopping till the last minute, and having to fight through traffic and crowded shops, makes for a stressful experience. It is much better to plan ahead and take advantage of the Christmas club run by Kmart and early sales. Visit to see a wide range of leaflets that will help you find the best deals, stay within your budget, and have a very merry Christmas.

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