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A Kiwi Christmas
Christmas in New Zealand is so different than back home. For one, it's hot--really hot, so people tend not to stay indoors around a fake pine tree. Instead, families head to the beach where they camp in droves, eat ham, play cricket, drink a bit of this and that and swim, swim, swim. Also, the endemic Pohutukawa tree is in bloom, painting bursts of bright red stamens all over the place--it's absolutely beautiful and the quintessential sign that it's Christmastime in New Zealand.
For a wee taste of Christmas down under, Kiwi-style, I wandered around this campsite on a beach in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty with a video camera. It's candid and random, but oh so real.