Christmas day, kiwi-style

Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, December 25, 2010

This morning was an early start with my stupid time-difference-confused mind actually telling Dad to call me at 7am!! Whoops, sorry for that one Kiri.
All up, dressed and greeted by a lovely morning spread courtesy of Jenny.  First on the cards was the long-anticipated ‘Secret Santa’. I got Rhian and funnily, she got me! So we exchanged gifts, first was hers, a scarf from HK, bracelet and decorations from China and a vintage-looking bag from NZ! She gave me the cutest Possum/Merino fingerless gloves (which would later be first out of the suitcase when I arrived back in China!) and a pocket-watch necklace. So funny, I have the exact same one bought from Mong Kok on my first weekend in HK. Thing is, mine had broken the day after I had bought it (mainly due to me dipping it into a basin of water), then the loss of the glass frontage at Guangzhou airport, I need a replacement. Rhi assured me this would not break, famous last words! God knows how, but the hands whizzed around when you span it! She’s getting a replacement! So funny. How is it possible to buy exactly the same necklace with me in mind when we’re in totally different countries?! Crazy twin-brain.
Rhi has brought her giant-sized paddling pool, so Dewi helped us set it up whilst the Christmas tradition of cricket, began! The sun is blazing today. So clear and baking hot. What a strange Christmas day! When it hit 12, we all headed into the house for more Christmas-games. The first was a dice roll, to gain a 6. Each person rolled, and then the next. If a player hit 6, then they had to quickly don a polyester-felt (later this becomes important!) Santa suit and hat, and cut a pieces of chocolate from a block with a plastic knife and fork. As the game went on, and people got a little more competitive, the Santa suit ended up with multiple head-holes through it!! So funny, but the end of the game Tom had had the largest amount of chocolate and the Santa suit was a pile of red fibre!
We all headed out again for some more cricket… I’m not sure how it all started, but Caz was first to be thrown into the pool, clothes and all. By Sam? Then Tom, Rhi, Kiri… Eifion, Ioan, Jenny, Rhys and eventually, Dewi! I used my smarts and got in before I was thrown in!
The boys had to head off for an afternoon milk, so the girls sat in the sun and drank sangria. What a day.  Kiri suggested doing a ‘slip and slide’ using some tarpaulin. We all jumped in the yute and searched the farm for some, to no avail. So, we whizzed down the road to the silage pit. I’m not kidding. We found some that was okay, if a little ‘dirty’. So Caz and Kiri span off to get something… I can’t remember what, leaving Rhi and I to fold up the tarp, subsequently getting covered in poo. My sangria&sun-frazzled brain must not have been functioning properly, when we finally finished, I looked up to see a neat, clean roll leaning up against a wall in front of us?! Haha. Such a  funny way to spend a Christmas day, hopping over silage pits in the baking heat, and spotting ‘spider-bugs’…
Kiri and Caz picked us up, laughing when they saw the state of us and the clean roll  we pointed out!! Back at the farm and clean again, Rhi and Kiri cleaned off the sheet and I gave Jen a hand on the kitchen, safer place to be. The slip and slide was so much fun, even Molly the dog got involved!
When the boys got back, we started the BBQ and buffet, Southern-hemisphere-style! It was awesome, but as any Christmas dinner, too much was eaten! The house was inundated with visitors, most friends of Kiri’s from Ashburton. Funny, in the UK - that would be unacceptable to pop-by on Christmas day, but the kiwi-lifestyle is so relaxed it’s normal! I love this version of Christmas!
We set about the final game of Christmas. All being given a number with a pile of presents in the circle. It was a version of secret Santa where you can force the other players to trade your presents. The first out was probably the best, an emergency pocket-portaloo, received by Rhys, and attempted to swap by many! A very romantic rose with a nude-coloured thong inside was pulled out… oh dear. That may actually be some guys version of romance…  It all ended up being worn by Eifion… the funniest thing I’ve ever seen!
After all the fun of the day, we collapsed in front of the TV, still grazing and drinking. Bed for about 11pm, and mildly awoken at 4am during another earthquake… just another day in Canterbury!
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