Christmas is a special time... Being located in the Southern Hemisphere it's summer and also when we take our annual vacation. There's a touch of irony with a NZ Christmas. We decorate trees in our homes with fake baubles and fake snow etc. After festivities are over, we then all go off to the beach or have a game of cricket and a BBQ on the back lawn. It is a classic story of adapting to local conditions and what we have come to expect as being normal.
Annual holidays are often a challenge for families with young children such as ours. School is out for 6 long weeks... what to do with them for all that time?
We're planning to do as little as possible over the holidays and have learnt that children will sooner or later find worthwhile things to do that don't require our constant intervention... like go for a swim in the creek, visit the library, play games with each other and make huts etc.