#take12trips: A family Christmas in New Zealand

Happy 2017!

I know I’ve been a little bit quiet recently but
you’ll (hopefully) be pleased to know that I have so much to share about the
last of my #take12trips adventures for 2016.

In mid December I headed off to New Zealand for a
wonderful family holiday.  In part it was to celebrate the huge milestone
Golden Anniversary of my in-laws and was also the first time in 10 years that
my husbands family would be all together in one location. It also included my
first long haul flight solo parenting with a pre-schooler, as I left the UK
before my husband for a short stop over in Singapore (I might add that I was seriously scared before I
went). Thankfully all went well apart from in his excitement he “forgot” to
sleep.

Our trip was filled with family
fun on my brother-in-law’s small holding, lots of beach exploring and a mini
vacation within our holiday to New Zealand’s South Island. You might have seen
some of our adventures over on my instagram feed.

Seeing my son spending time with his cousins reminded me of my own childhood holidays
particularly when they were 
feeding the
pigs and collecting the eggs. It’s hard that they only get a small window of
time to be together due to distance, but all the sweeter to see how quickly
they bonded.

This trip showed me that New
Zealand is a truly excellent family holiday destination particularly with a preschooler.
 The people are extremely friendly and want to help you make the most of
your time in their country. They generally also want to hear a lot about the UK
(and what’s happening in Coronation street). So watch out for a separate post
about why it’s the ultimate family destination.

I’m writing this just a couple
of days after getting back and I am so sad to have left that wonderful country
and my family. I’m also amazed that Christmas in New Zealand is still a relatively
un-commercial affair. Maybe its because it’s summer but I’m hoping its because they
believe Christmas is about being together and not about how much you spend (and
entertain).
A good
family Christmas 
 for me is about sharing the day with
your nearest and dearest, and this is ultimately what makes the day special.

Have you spent Christmas in a
hot country? What differences did you enjoy?


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