Basically a repeat of last year's successful event. So much of the same info...:
Many Couchsurfers are away from the usual family and friends at Christmas time. And even if you don't celebrate Christmas, everything in NZ is shut, except nature, so you might want a gathering to go to anyway.
In order to ensure that everyone is able to be part of a family at this time, we would like to welcome all Couchsurfers, local, travelling and their friends to join us in a lunch to celebrate together. After all, Couchsurfing has been referred to as being part of a family as well.
The traditional Kiwi term for this type of lunch is the Orphans Christmas Lunch, orphans referring to those who are away from their families.
The event will be held from 11.30am at a Couchsurfer’s residence on Mt Victoria in central Wellington. Please register with this event to confirm your attendance (+ any guests) so we know if we're expecting 15 people, or 50 people.
Though yes, we expect some people won't discover this event (or decide to come) until the morning of the 25th...so our phone numbers are below in case you get lost or in case you are wondering if it is too late to arrive.
Some buses will be operating on Christmas day. For details see http://www.metlink.org.nz/
For the other Couchsurfers that are going to their own Christmas lunches, do plan to drop in and join us on your way home, as the event will go onto about 6pm.
The house is about a 20-minute walk from the beach.
This is a BBQ lunch so please bring your own protein and liquid refreshments - enough for yourself, and a little to share of you'd like. When you register your attendance we'll ask you to bring one other item such as a salad or sweet (dessert).
Bread and tomato sauce will be provided. Please let me know if there is anything else that you can provide.
Reminder what to bring: You will need to bring something for the BBQ and drink for yourself. Also a salad or dessert to share as per the email we'll send you - and don't forget supermarkets are closed on Christmas day so be sure to buy what you need BEFORE Wednesday 25th!
(learning point from last year; this is not a joke - 99% of shops are closed on Christmas Day, and you are NOT allowed to buy alcohol on that day).
This event will be held at a Couchsurfing home; and as such it is an invitation to a home. In order that we can properly plan this event and keep in touch with you, please join this event if you are intending to come. If anyone is able to assist with the organisation on the day, or cleaning up afterwards (!), please let us know.
As it will be summer during Christmas (fingers crossed) we'll be outside so please bring your own outside seating if you don't want to sit on the grass :)
In order to make this day unique for all of us, it would be great if people bring a secret Santa gift - something small, suitable for boys and girls and definitely under $10. It could be something you have made :) - This is optional, not compulsory, but the presents time has been enjoyable for all the last couple of years.
We look forward to welcoming everyone.
Tim 021 1560833
Daniil 021 105 8438
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