While I’m on the subject of holidays, I know I’m not the only expat in New Zealand who thinks about Christmas at this time of year.
There are quite a few expats who are originally from the northern hemisphere living in NZ.
Hotels in town usually advertise Christmas dinners (not that I necessarily recommend that you go to any of these), and offices and other groups have Christmas in July parties.
At this time of year, it really does seem like a northern hemisphere Christmas.
It's mid winter. The days are short, and the nights are long. It’s cold. It’s a perfect time for roasts, yuletide puddings, a cozy fire, and maybe a mulled wine.