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‘Com­ing from New Zealand, Christ­mas for my fam­ily al­ways fell in the mid­dle of sum­mer – some­thing most

Brits can’t imag­ine! It’s very funny, now I come to think of it… We hon­oured all the Bri­tish tra­di­tions the set­tlers brought with them – a hot roast din­ner, a pine tree in­doors, snowy dec­o­ra­tions and Christ­mas car­ols – but we’d go to the beach or for a warm evening walk. As kids, my sis­ter and I would wear sum­mery cloth­ing, such as shorts and T-shirts, but with win­ter Christ­mas scenes on the front! It may sound strange, but I wouldn’t change my child­hood sum­mer Christ­mases for the world.’ Rachel Cun­ning­ham, 27, editorial as­sis­tant

New Zealand, old tra­di­tions for Rachel (right) and fam­ily

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