As for Christmas traditions being different from the United States. It was quite similar - food, family, games, and a little bit of day drinking. What is different about it was that December is summer in New Zealand, so Christmas day was warm and beautiful. We were eating outside and had to move the tables out of the sun because it was too hot.
Over the Christmas holiday I also learned how to felt. If you don't know what it is, you lay out wool then saturate it in warm soapy water and agitate it and the wool fibers shrink together to make a fabric. I made a hot water bottle cover, a sunglasses, case, and a case for my ipod.
|Here are the felted items that I made|
|Close up of my ipod case|
Here are some pics from the farm I left before Christmas and travels around that area.
|Feeding the calf|
|The three calves together|
|Largest freshwater spring in New Zealand - extremely clear water|
|This beach reminded me a lot of the Oregon sand dunes|
|Some sea creatures|