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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas Day - 2011

Christmas in NZ is at least a four day holiday and many take several weeks of vacation around Christmas and New Years.  Our boss, Rich, went on vacation with his family, and since a majority of the office staff was gone as well, we also took a holiday and decided to head north.

When Christmas Day came, we found ourselves in a tiny little village called Opononi.  We quickly discovered a tiny chapel and when we pulled into the parking lot, there was Rich and his family getting out of their car!  We know NZ is a small country, but thought it funny that we would end up in the same place.

The congregation was very small, in fact with Rich's family and ourselves, we about doubled the numbers, and we were the only white faces there.  The others were either Maori or Polynesian.  All were friendly, and readily welcomed us.  The meeting was to begin at 10 am, but the prelude music began at about 10:15, and the meeting was over by 10:50 am.  The Christmas message was wonderful, albeit short and to the point.  Afterwards they served ice cream.  Hmmmm, I think I could like going to church here-HaHa!  I am sure services were shortened so all could spend Christmas day with their families.


  1. Now that's what I call a great service!

  2. Thought you guys were heading to the South Ialand for Christmas?