It’s summer now in New Zealand. Do you get in the Christmas mood at all?
Ritu Casot: That’s one of those things. I have a feeling that immigrants from Europe have brought this mood a little with them. But for kiwis [Einwohner Neuseelands, Anm. d. Red.] Christmas is mainly associated with the summer holidays. I also have two and a half weeks off, which is great of course. Too much vitamin D and so much on the beach.
You know Christmas in Switzerland and New Zealand. How do you like it better?
As a mountainman from Graubünden, the best Christmas in Switzerland, there’s no doubt about that. With the right trees, the right candles, good food, and a good bottle of wine. Go for a walk on the ice under the starry sky when the temperatures break below zero. that’s cool.
How is Christmas celebrated in New Zealand?
Many go to camps where they meet family and friends. There was a Christmas parade in Auckland, which was performed despite the rain. Here in Christchurch, Santa wanders in a gondola on the River Avon and eventually take a tram through town, simply to reduce contact with people. Children loved it.
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