New Zealand’s First Christmas
December 9, 2017 11:54 PM Subscribe
The Christian origins of Christmas meant that before European contact, the celebration had no place in the calendar of Aotearoa. The first celebration of Christmas in New Zealand coincided with Abel Tasman’s voyage to New Zealand in 1642. Unfortunately, things did not get off to a good start.New Zealand’s First Christmas
One of a series of quick-read articles from NZ History on the history of Christmas in New Zealand:
- Samuel Marsden's first service
- Pohutukawa trees
- Santa parades
- ’Sticky Beak the Kiwi' song
- Santa goes to the Chathams
- Politically incorrect Christmas games
- Auckland's giant Santa - Auckland icon or 'old dodgy man’?
The history of Christmas dinner in New Zealand (Katie Cooper, Te Papa Blog)
(Interesting reference to and picture of a Victorian "pudding doll.")
The National Library of New Zealand has a Christmas card page on flickr that draws on historical designs.
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