07 December, 2023

Meri Kirihimete


The pohutukawa tree is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree as it flowers at Christmastime. The leaves are a sage green and the flowers bright red with a dusting of yellow stamens.

Pōhutukawa and its cousin rata hold a prominent place in Māori tradition. Legends tell of Tāwhaki, a young warrior who attempted to find heaven to seek help in avenging the death of his father. He fell to earth and the crimson flowers are said to represent his blood.  Meri Kirihimete is maori for merry christmas.

The flower is cut from red metallic card and also gold glitter card, the sentiment is cut from red metallic card.  The patterned paper has metallic red stripes.

All Dies:  Craft Creations   
DPs: Rosie's Studio

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crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and thank you for the information.
carol x

Dawn T said...

just gorgeous Carol. Love this one

Janette said...

Beautiful card Carol, thankyou for sharing this lovely story too. xx

I Card Everyone said...

Hello, Carol! I'm so happy to meet another card maker! Thanks so very much for adding your lovely Pohutukawa bloom to The Flower Challenge and for sharing Tawhaki's story!

Cindy C. said...

Hi Carol, this is a great design! Thanks for linking up to our December challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

Donna Scholz said...

Carol, what a lovely card AND story behind it! I visited New Zealand once in December and I remember the beautiful trees blooming... so gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your card, the story, and especially your creative talents with us at Double Trouble!!! -Donna

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A fabulous card touched with the traditional story and flower. Love this Carol. Sorry I’ve not visited in a while, life has been very hectic, I hope to visit more often now?
Faith x

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Love that you included the photo of the New Zealand Christmas Tree and it's story. Thank you for sharing your pretty card with us at Double Trouble. Have a Happy Holiday Season!

Arlene said...

I do love the card. I would never have thought to combine the background with the image, but it's kind of mesmerizing.

So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our challenge of using flowers in your project.

Melanie R said...

Wonderful card, Carol! My parents were world travelers and visited family in New Zealand, saying it was one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thank you for sharing this story and thank you for sharing at Double Trouble Challenge #155. - Melanie R.