Busi­ness in the Christ­mas spirit

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A num­ber of Mata­mata busi­nesses have taken on the chal­lenge of get­ting into the Christ­mas spirit.

New World Mata­mata has em­braced the fes­tive sea­son and is this year home to a gi­ant, ru­ralthemed Santa sleigh.

New World owner Matthew Hart said the store gets into the Christ­mas spirit each year.

‘‘It’s part of the New World brand to have a bit of fun with themes through­out the year and Christ­mas is as big as it gets for a theme.’’

A couple of years ago Sheree Hart got some out­side help and the couple bought bits and pieces which they’ve used in the last few years.

‘‘Each year we get a whole raft of new stuff that comes out from Food­stuffs that we’re able to use. We put it all to­gether and make it as cheer­ful as we can.’’

This year the busi­ness has pur­chased a rather large Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion which is lo­cated over the dairy depart­ment.

It is a lit­tle bit spe­cial, as it’s a Mata­mata-themed, horse and cow pulling Santa sleigh.

Matthew said this was made to re­flect the con­nec­tion the busi­ness has with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He en­cour­ages mata busi­nesses other Matato dec­o­rate their store this fes­tive sea­son.

‘‘It’s up to the in­di­vid­ual, but why wouldn’t you? Why not have a bit of fun and put a theme around it for a few weeks of the year. It’s the busiest time of year, the most crazy and hec­tic time of the year so why not have a bit of fun with it?

He said they don’t get too many com­ments, but there are a lot of kids stop­ping to have a play and a look around.

‘‘I’m sure peo­ple no­tice it and in their own way it puts a smile on their face.’’

The Christ­mas-themed store fits in with the su­per­mar­ket’s Christ­mas Club Day tomorrow, De­cem­ber 3. ‘‘There will be lots of give­aways and Christ­mas Club mem­bers can po­ten­tially get ex­tra prizes but any per­son can come in and po­ten­tially win a prize.’’ The store will also be giv­ing away cash prizes.

New World is also part of the $10,000 shop­ping spree up for grabs by shop­ping with Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

New World owner Matthew Hart says ‘‘why not’’ dec­o­rate your busi­ness this fes­tive sea­son.

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