Saturday, 14 December 2013

A silly week

Pohutukawa flower (N Z Christmas tree)
It's been a silly  week.
Or I should probably say a busy week.
Yesterday was the last day for youth group,
I organize and wrap their Christmas presents
then help to ferry kids to wherever their breakup is being held.

Tomorrow is the Sunday school break-up, 
I help organize their prizes
 and food for their 
Christmas party.
And help set up the hall for said party.

Guess who volunteered to help at
a kids craft day as well?
And I am not a crafty person, gulp.
There have been several meetings for that, 
and a prep day as well.
It'll all happen on Tuesday this week,
so that the mothers can have an extra day 
shopping before Christmas, without the kids.

I'm not complaining, you understand,
 but I will be pleased when it is Wednesday.

So just to relax a bit, and be a bit silly, 
I'd like to share this New Zealand version 
of a well known Christmas song with you.
I think you'll guess the tune.


On the first day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me 
A pukeko in a ponga tree

On the second day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me 
two kumera 
And a pukeko in a ponga tree 

On the third day of Christmas 
and so on, until... 
On the twelfth day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me 
Twelve piupius swinging 
Eleven haka lessons 
Ten juicy fish heads 
Nine sacks of pipis 
Eight plants of puha 
Seven eels a swimming 
Six pois a twirling 
Five - big - fat - pigs ! 
Four huhu grubs 
Three flax kits 
Two kumera 
And a pukeko in a ponga tree! 

Kingi Ihaka

Ponga  fern


A summer Santa and two silly pukeko

Have a great week, folks.


  1. ah...such a fun song.
    I know the mothers and others appreciate all your efforts.
    You have a great week too Diana!

  2. I love your version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, but I have no idea what the gifts were.

    Enjoy your busy week.

    1. Hi Pat, most of the gifts relate to the Maori culture but all New Zealanders have probably eaten, performed or know what each thing is. I have to admit I haven't eaten fish heads though, haha.
      I'm glad you enjoyed it.


  3. Loved this song's version Diana!
    Christmas blessings dear lady to you and your GKB!!

  4. Sounds like you over committed! I think when it is all over you will have to have some slow days!

  5. Hi Diana. Gosh, you've certainly been a busy bee. It's all go at the moment. I hope you don't wear yourself out too much before the big day!! Lovely to be able to do all those things for the kids though. The words of that song really made me smile! If you're not around before Christmas, I wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

  6. Hi Diana! You're certainly a busy gal! Glad you'll have some down time. Now I would need a dictionary to understand what most of these wonderful gifts were! :) Merry Christmas!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  7. Oh My! You were a busy,tired but happy lady these past few weeks it sounds like.Thanks also for the fun info. of Your home land Christmas.It's one of the wonderful things about blogging-learning about far and away customs.Our Lord give You many blessings this Christmas-Denise


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