Wow, The Spaniel certainly has a bit of a strop on (see pic below).


We wrapped her up in a bit of tinsel to get her in the Christmas spirit, but boy she really wasn’t having any of it at all, look at that face. As a Northerner would say in the UK, she had a reet face on! At first, I was a little bemused by The Spaniel’s reaction, but the more I thought about it, the more I understand why she isn’t in the Christmas spirit. You see, in the UK this time of year, the shops start to get all Christmassy, adverts on the TV become Christmas orientated, and there is talk of Christmas everywhere. Check out the latest John Lewis advert To be honest, it can all get a bit much. After all, is that what Christmas is all about? No…well, not for me and Mrs. E.

Anyhow, I digress, living in New Zealand, one doesn’t get caught up in all the materialistic hype of Christmas. So far I have seen one Christmas-related advert and that’s about it. Also, in the UK it’s probably getting cold and frosty and the fire is on and hopefullly at some point we might get a little snow, which all adds to that Christmassy feel. In contrast, in New Zealand it’s starting to get hot and sunny! See the pics below. So, all things considered, I now understand why The Spaniel isn’t in much of the Christmas spirit.

We don’t have any plans for Christmas Day, yet, other than a visit to church, which is always the focus of our day anyhow. Our first antipodean Christmas may feel a little strange, but fortunately we have family coming over on Boxing Day, which will help. I’d be interested to know of how the natives celebrate Christmas? Answers on a postcard please…

LATER note: it seems the backdrop for the John Lewis ad mentioned above is from New Zealand (see the story here). How ironic.