2012 Christmas in Auckland, New Zealand

Christmas is surprisingly low-key in Auckland. People don’t seem to be interested in spending a ridiculous amount of money on decorations. CBD area is decorated very modestly and none of the houses at Titirangi village hang any colorful led lights outside. Though I am a little sad because of the lack of Christmas-feeling-in-the-air but I’m inclined to think positively that Christmas is not as commercialized here as in other big metropolitan cities. I do believe that Kiwi people do celebrate Christmas and regard it as the biggest holiday of the year since I’ve seen people buying Christmas trees and gifts like crazy. Probably they do it in an exclusive kind of way, within the family, and not in a showy way. That’s also what I generally feel about Kiwi people: shy, gentle and a little conservative.

The only decoration in Auckland CBD and it's the same thing as last year.

The only decoration in Auckland CBD and it’s the same thing as last year.

To top it up, the weather decided to rain and be cloudy for the whole week leading to New Year. So we decided to stay home and have our Kiwi Christmas the mellow style…

Sip coffee and enjoy the lovely view outside our tree-house-window

Sipped coffee and enjoyed the lovely view outside our tree-house-window

Take photos of the lovely flowers inside the garden

Took photos of the lovely flowers inside the garden

...outside our window...

…outside our window…

Harvested our home-grown strawberries...

Harvested our home-grown strawberries…

fed the ducks at the nearby beach...

fed the ducks at the nearby beach…

We’re going to miss this relaxing and peaceful lifestyle very much when we are gone…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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