Christmas Day on Atiu

We understood that the Catholic Church would have Christmas Day service at 9 am. What we did not understand was the mass and singing would be in English and in Maori. The dialect used by Cook Islanders. There was a baptism that morning as well. We were the only foreigners in the church and were graciously welcomed. The Maori singing with male and female harmonies accompanied by electric organ and 8 string ukulele was enchantingly beautiful and local.

We returned for lunch and some swimming and rest. Reading on our deck with the great grounds around us.

Another great dinner at the villas.

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