Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It seems a little over the top to wish the usual merry Christmas and happy new year but in a year when so many of us will be happy to settle for just being Covid-free, may your festive season be tranquil and safe.

Really, I staged this little scene of colour-toned early summer flowers to showcase the three kings that our Canberra daughter crocheted for me with much skill and love last year, when the world seemed a different place.

I was delighted by the tweet that came down my line from @KenJennings who appears to be from Seattle:

“Every country had a tough 2020 except New Zealand. (they had a tough twinty twinty)”

NZ commenters were equally amused and it is true that our most prominent, international figure, the young(ish) woman who has spearheaded the sustained efforts to keep her people safe this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says “twinty twinty”.

The only radio station I listen to, Radio New Zealand, favours “twenny twenny”. The best I hope for from that quarter, as we move into the new year, is “twenty twenny-one”.

Let us hope the world becomes a safer place in twenty twenny-one.

Since I set it up my little Christmas tableau, I thought the kings might like the bottle of Bombay festive gin added to the scene. It is at least colour-toned.

14 thoughts on “Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  1. tonytomeo

    Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! . . . anyway.
    I don’t think it is over the top. (As a Catholic, I find Christmas to be offensively over the top anyway, and would prefer if everyone else invented their own Holiday to desecrate.) I think that anything ‘merry’ or ‘happy’ is in order about now. I and my Community have had it pretty rough this year, and in some ways worse than others. I do not want to explain what I endured through this year, but as I was away dealing with one of my own tribulations, a big portion of the region in which I live burned. My home survived, but many just two miles to the west did not. I feel that I have been through a lot, but am amazed by how well our Community is recovering from what was worse (in some ways) than my experience. This is an unpleasant time for several reasons, but still has a bit of ‘Merry’ and ‘Happy’ left.

  2. Merle Turner

    Thank you for the joy you have given us this year, with both your garden and your current affairs commentaries!
    We wish you a safe and happy 2021!

  3. Paddy Tobin

    I’m all for the Merry and the Happy, Abbie, and especially commend the bottle of gin. A bottle of champagne at breakfast was a good start to the day here and it has continued in that vein; greatly enjoyed and great fun in our first Christmas alone in over 40 years. We made the most of it and had a great time. One son dropped off a particularly excellent bottle of whiskey and I must turn my attentions to that later in the evening.

    Best wishes to you and family for Christmas and the New Year and we can only live in hopes that 2021 will be a better year. Present numbers of Covid19 cases are simply frightening here. Our gate is closed, chained and padlocked and will remain so for quite some time, I fear.

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      Paddy! You have more stamina than I do but I will not make jokes about the Irish. But great to hear that Christmas was not a somnbre and lonely affair. I can report we were gifted a further two bottles of a particularly good, boutique gin so we are well supplied here! May 2021 bring some improvement in your conditions there. So many people in such terrible situations – I saw somebody on social media yesterday talking about “survivor’s guilt” in NZ and I know what she means. There is a feeling of guilt attached to our blessed conditions here – and plenty of disillusioned northern hemisphere critics taking aim at NZ and trying to dismiss what we have achieved.

  4. Paddy Tobin

    Oh, goodness, I wish our government had taken the same tack as yours as I’m certain we would be in a far, far better position at this moment. We had just short of 1,300 new cases in the last 24 hours and our population is much the same at that of New Zealand so those figures will explain my alarm. A new, more virulent, strain of the virus was identified recently in the UK and it is already here in Ireland. We are entering a new period of lockdown in hopes of curtailing the spread even further – just how many deaths are reasonable to keep an economy going? As an aside, I opened a bottle of wine for dinner only for Mary to decide she would prefer a lager instead so I have to finish the bottle all on my own. I’ll never survive! Best wishes!

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      Oh Paddy! That is alarming. The number of new cases, not the wine. Our government worked out very early that it is impossible to contain Covid at an acceptably low level. There is no middle ground. It is either running wild or managed by an elimination process. It took Australia a while to come to the same conclusion – they now work on an elimination strategy state by state. Taiwan, Vietnam and China also worked to eliminate from the start. And I don’t think any economy in the world is ticking over well with Covid running free. We took a big hit during and immediately after lockdown but bounced back in the last quarter with 14% growth, which was better than anybody expected. The best thing for any economy is a country free from community transmission. I’d be taking to drink in your situation.

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