Christ­mas let­ter­box com­pe­ti­tion launched

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Cut the arms from sweaters in half length­wise and sew a seam in each to cre­ate tubes to fit stool legs. Turn ends un­der 1 inch and hem. Slide onto legs. It’s the first week of sum­mer and Christ­mas is right in our sights.

To spread a lit­tle joy in the neigh­bour­hood, there’s a new com­pe­ti­tion un­der way for every­one who loves a spot of Christ­mas cheer.

Neigh­bourly has teamed up with Mike Pero Real Es­tate to en­cour­age us to dec­o­rate our let­ter­boxes.

Mike Pero says the com­pe­ti­tion is a fun way for Ki­wis to brighten up their neigh­bour­hoods for Christ­mas – and to help Santa find his way.

‘‘Our let­ter­boxes are blank can­vases just wait­ing for a clever makeover and what bet­ter time of year to trans­form them than at Christ­mas,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re ex­cited about see­ing colour­ful cre­ations from across the coun­try – let­ter­boxes lit up like Christ­mas trees, scenes from the North Pole – maybe even Santa’s sleigh?’’

Neigh­bourly co-founder Casey Eden says they’re hop­ing to see thou­sands of New Zealand streets lined with colour­ful Christ­mas let­ter­boxes.

‘‘This is a com­pe­ti­tion that’s re­ally easy to get in­volved in.

‘‘Plus it’s a great con­ver­sa­tion starter with your neigh­bour,’’ he says.

‘‘If you don’t have some tin­sel ly­ing around your house just pop down to your lo­cal Christ­mas store or The Ware­house and find some­thing to light up your let­ter­box.’’

A se­lec­tion of the best en­tries will go for­ward to a na­tion­wide poll, so we’ll all get to vote for the let­ter­box we love the best.

But it’s best to get your skates on and dec­o­rate that let­ter­box this week­end.

Mike Pero’s Christ­mas Let­ter­box com­pe­ti­tion runs to De­cem­ber 11.

You can find out www.neigh­bourly.co.nz/ christ­maslet­ter­box. more at

To make the stool sleeves:

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Mike Pero is go­ing all out this Christ­mas - he has teamed up with Neigh­bourly to find the best­dec­o­rated let­ter­boxes in the coun­try.

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