Holiday

The 12 days of Christmas: The Pohutukawa

Nelson, NZ Photo by Kimberley (c)2007

Nelson, NZ
Photo by Kimberley (c)2007

Gisborne, NZ.  Me and the tree Photo (c)2007

Gisborne, NZ.
Me and the tree
Photo (c)2007

Gisborne, NZ Photo by Kimberley (c)2007

Gisborne, NZ
Photo by Kimberley (c)2007

I’m dreaming of a red Christmas…

It is in December that the New Zealand Christmas tree, the Pohutukawa, blooms crimson. New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere making Christmas a holiday during the summer season. The Pohutukawa whose botanical name is Metrosideros excelsa has special meaning for all New Zealanders, both Tangata whenua and Pakeha.

Tangata whenua – “People of the land”; the Indigenous Maori population of New Zealand.
  The Pohutukawa is mentioned in legends and lore. Also the “leaping off place” in Cape Reinga.

Pakeha – The non-Maori New Zealanders, often of European descent.
The Pohutukawa symbolizes Christmas and home.

New Zealand is a great destination for Christmas but quite expensive. If you plan to go at this time, book early and try to arrive prior to mid-December. This is the time when school’s out for summer and the busy holiday season gets underway.

Abel Tasman National Park Photo by Kimberley (c)2007

Abel Tasman National Park
Photo by Kimberley (c)2007

Links:
Pohutukawa Trees
New Zealand Christmas Tree
New Zealand Travel & Business

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