Your Summer Memories | Christmases in Blenheim by Angela

Your Summer Memories | Christmases in Blenheim by Angela

Hello everyone! Welcome to Part Two of the Summer Memories series.

Just as a quick refresher, I asked you guys on June 1st to send me your favorite summer memories. As I expressed in the post, those memories could be about whatever stands out most to you when you think of summer – and the range of stories that all of you sent me is so cool! Each one is completely unique, and while I’d like to tell you more about each one, you’ll have to see for yourself over the next couple of days what they wrote. ❀

I will be sharing each story in the order that they were sent to me – just to make that clear!

For today’s wonderful story, we have an awesome description of what Angela’s (from lifeofangela) summer memories were growing up in New Zealand! Enjoy!

Christmases in Blenheim

For us in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is in Summer! Every two years growing up, we would head down on the ferry to the South Island, and visit my grandparents in Blenheim. This became a tradition of sorts, every two years, we would have a big Christmas celebration with our extended family. I always loved that trip.

We would stay down there for over a week, we would always visit Rarangi Beach, go cherry picking, drive down for day trips in Kaikoura or Nelson, play catch in the front yard, watch the trains pass by… and then on Christmas, we would get up early for presents, have a big Christmas lunch, and always end it on pavlova for dessert (a classic Kiwi dessert!).

Then we’d head down to my Dad’s old school down the road and play there!

I have endless summer memories down in Blenheim, and as they connect with Christmas, they are definitely where my favourite summer memories are πŸ™‚


Wasn’t that awesome?? Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us, Angela! Up until now, I really didn’t realize that other parts of the world experience seasons so much differently, and at different times of the year, than we do here in the US. I truly can’t imagine a warm Christmas, but then again, those who are used to warm Christmases wouldn’t think of a white Christmas as being normal, hahaha! We get so used to what it’s like in one part of the world that we (or at least I) forget that the world is such a HUGE place, and that there are tons of differences across the globe, in culture, climate, and especially the people themselves. ❀

Thanks for reading! How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

23 thoughts on “Your Summer Memories | Christmases in Blenheim by Angela

  1. I can’t imagine a warm Christmas either! Living so far north I feel like it’s not Christmas if there isn’t snow on the ground. πŸ˜‚ But that is so cool to think about. (Promise I’ll get you mine this weekend!)

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  2. We luck out and Christmas is warm here some years too. Since, I like warmer weather its fun πŸ™‚ A friend of mine moved to Hawaii and the first year she wrote me a letter saying, she was decorating the christmas tree in shorts, a tee, and her bathing suite lol. Angelas Christmas summer story sounded amazing! Loved the dessert πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha that is so cool! Last Christmas wasn’t that cold; my brothers and I got to play outside in short-sleeve shirts. It was crazy. I know, didn’t it? I loved reading about her memories! I really want to try that dessert now πŸ˜€

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  3. I love your new series and the image of the van on the beach! I peeked at it last week and it inspired me to book our trip to the coast, a little 3 or 4 day weekend out a favorite beach where we run hike and eat seafood watching the sunset. Traditions are fun like that. Also I don’t know what pavlova is but it looks so yummy πŸ™‚

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  4. Ah yay! Thank you for sharing my summer memory Maggie!! This makes me reminisce about summer even more XD
    I really can’t imagine a cold Christmas, its just too foreign to me! How can you not spend Christmas outside all day, or at the beach? It would definitely be interesting to experience a white christmas someday though πŸ™‚
    Pavlova is so delicious, and I hope you get to try it some day ❀

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    1. You’re welcome, Angela! I had fun posting it! πŸ˜€ Haha honestly, I can’t really imagine a cold Christmas, either – where I live in the south, we have cool/mild winters. lol. It would be so much fun to spend Christmas at a beach one year! I’d love to try it one day, too:)

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