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Catherine MilfordFor most of my life, Christmas holidays meant roasting chestnuts on an open fire, bracing Boxing Day walks (in the snow if we were lucky) and presents of warm pashminas and pink fluffy ear muffs – yes, that really happened one year – which we wore while huddled over a lively game of Trivial Pursuit. It took me several years to feel festive from waking up on Christmas morning to long days, wide-open windows and the deafening sound of first-time boat owners revving (and usually flooding) their brand-new engines at 7.30am. Although I still miss the magic of the icy mornings – and the family arguments that always eventuated from us clustering together in the same house for one week every year – when I woke up last week to see a pohutukawa in full bloom outside my bedroom window, the magic happened again. While those wintry memories will always hold a special place in my heart, for my kids, Christmas holidays have always included a daily swim and our annual wrestle with the tent – the lack of daylight and the threat of potential pneumonia holds no thrill for them. They get the best of both worlds I reckon, because while their lovely Auntie Jenny spoils them with strawberries, prawns and summer treats, I still cook a turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding every year – and we eat leftovers for days. Happy holidays!

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