We’ve lost this one, folks.
In the never-ending battle between Australia and New Zealand, we – a nation of Christmas lunch barbecues and sloppy end-of-year office parties – have lost to New Zealand in the Festive Season Stakes.
Those rivals across the ditch have participated in their annual nationwide Secret Santa gift exchange and we can’t beat it.
Yep, people from across the two islands have sent and received gifts (valued at around $10 each) to and from utter strangers. This year, 3623 people participated, including newly elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The initiative has been running for seven years, and is possible through New Zealand Post. People register through Twitter, and are given a link to their recipients’ Twitter account to peruse in order to find a suitable gift.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) December 19, 2017Advertisement
“Thank you, to whoever sent this to me, I really appreciate it,” Prime Minister Ardern opened her Secret Santa Christmas gift live on Twitter.
At first thinking it was a glitter bomb, she was wary. Then, realising it was a Christmas tree decoration, she declared: “It’s beautiful, it will be the first decoration on my tree!”
As thousands of New Zealand residents open their Secret Santa presents today, they are sharing images with the hashtag #NZSecretSanta. The Internet is, quite literally, flooding with joy.
There are the thoughtful gifts…
So a huge thanks to our #nzsecretsanta for donating $50 to @womensrefugenz in our name. What a beautiful thought. And you’re right. For a lot of whanau this is not the most wonderful time of the year. #thankssanta pic.twitter.com/piTnauUrm8
— CanterburyPoliceNZ (@NZPCanterbury) December 19, 2017
— pass the jin ???????????? (@jinnee79) December 18, 2017
Wow my @nzsecretsanta absolutely nailed it! I’m in tears. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Thanks you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Btw we share the same favourite episode and I totally backed Faith and Riley was sooo annoying. #slay #NZSecretSanta pic.twitter.com/l2iO54Q1cx
— Tim Hope (@TimoHope) December 19, 2017
And the outright hilarious.
— Alice HOWton (@Alice_Houghton) December 18, 2017
Meanwhile, in Australia…
New Zealand, we’ll give you this one. You’ve earned it.
Holly is DONE with Elf on The Shelf.