Christmas Photo

by Birgit
(Harpertshausen, Germany)

New Zealand Christmas Photo

New Zealand Christmas Photo

Coming from the northern hemisphere a New Zealand Christmas photo with Santa on a drivable lawn mower early Christmas morning was surprising. It also proved the often prized kiwi ingenuity.

It's a great way to adjust the Christmas story to snow less parts of the globe. Parents can arrange with the camping ground manager that their children are visited by Santa. What a beautiful idea for the little ones.

Beach camping during the Christmas season was something I was looking forward to. At this occasion it struck me somehow what pictures we grew up with and what they actually mean.

Christmas lives through presents, snow, Christmas trees, the dark pine green, and Santa Claus in red with reindeer. These are all symbols of the northern hemisphere, what are the people doing on the other half of the globe?

There were some interesting attempts in reinterpreting the symbols for the south like pink Christmas tree which was sold ironically upside down. The tree decoration recovers more and more its motifs of fairy stories or beach accessories.

Visiting New Zealand during this time of the year made me remember the message behind Christmas holidays. Symbols reused look out of place and lose their power.

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Mar 09, 2010
What a neat Christmas idea
by: Beate

Thank you Birgit for your Christmas tip. This is really a wonderful variation to let Santa Clause come on Christmas morning while being on vacation.

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