Christmas in New Zealand
By: Reccy Abilar and Ariana San Juan
Since Christmas is during the summer, people living in New Zealand host their holiday parties in backyards, parks, or on the beautiful beaches while they're barbecuing fresh seafood's and quality meats.
Pavlova is a popular Kiwi dessert that is eaten on Christmas Day. The dessert id topped with seasonal fruits like strawberries, kiwi, or raspberries. Though other desserts are in the menu, nothing can quite compare to the traditional pavlova.
Meats and seafood are normally complimented with exotic salads and dishes with seasonal vegetables.
Pohutukawa - The Christmas Tree
This species of trees grows in places all over New Zealand. It can grow up to be 82 feet high and it grows out into a dome-like shape. The Pohutukawa (meterosideros excelsa) and its beautiful crimson red flowers have become apart of the Kiwi Christmas tradition. It is featured in many holiday songs, family Christmas cards, and in poems and stories.