(Maori Christmas greeting meaning “Merry Christmas to you and your family”)
Just days before Christmas, the pohutukawa began flowering with their brilliant scarlet blooms, like decorations on a Christmas tree. Not for nothing is the pohutukawa known as the ‘New Zealand Christmas Tree’.
And here’s how my kids and their cousins celebrated Christmas in our backyard today. The traditional New Zealand Christmas!
I also celebrated my birthday the other day. Our friends’ daughter made a very apt gingerbread birthday cake.
It was a pretty impressive fortification. But we successfully besieged the gingerbread walls, despite the stalwart defence of the M&M garrison manning the ramparts. They could not withstand our onslaught of fork and knife battering rams, under which the walls crumbled (quite literally). The cake finally resembled a … er … ruined castle. Very tasty!
Maybe gingerbread could be used for wargames buildings. Smash it up as the game progresses, then eat afterwards!