|It's BBQ weather!|
As Christmastime nears, all the stereotypical European/American Christmas goods come available, but are slightly out of context. Figgy pudding, pannetone, and roast chicken make a little bit less sense in the middle of summer, even though they are always a treat. This is what Christmas in July is like.
|A true Christmas gift from nature, berries come into season in the months leading up to Christmas|
This year has been an amazing, fun, stressful, and exciting year. It began with Elena working on the Ko e Hala Hangatonu project and exhibition with an amazing group of people, and then spending nearly two months on a short term job cover (incidentally for the job she's doing now). I started working a lot more on photography, and racked up several thousand pictures in our last months in Tonga. Nearing mid-year, we knew change was coming, but were in a state of complete, uncertain flux and when the dust settled, we found ourselves here in Wellington and excited for a new adventure. Elena started her new job, I started my masters in Public Management, and we started adjusting to life in NZ.
|Common Christmas Apparel|
While the disconnects between Christmas traditions and where it is celebrated have never really bothered us, Christmas has typically been a time we spend with family. Living abroad forces you to form family with whomever is around. In Tonga, we celebrated Christmas with our close friends, and here in New Zealand, we will do the same. And while we miss our natural families, this is a good opportunity to get closer to the people we have come to care about in our new home here.
When Christmas is separated from Northern winters, it really is starting to look a lot like Christmas here in New Zealand, and we'll celebrate it just as much joy.