Next to be turfed out of the attic must be the Christmas tree. Hands up all of you holding your breath for snow on your pine needles this December? Exactly.

We could save the tree the hassle of dying in our lounge in the heat of summer and just string fairy lights up on the pohutukawa – or any living tree – in the backyard.

In fact, while we’re hacking away the central idol of Christmas, I propose we shift the day altogether.

…It will take us centuries to change out all this cultural baggage we’ve adopted from bigger countries around the world.

-Herald on Sunday