“Are you in the Christmas mood yet?” the bloke serving me at the supermarket yesterday asked.
“Well, I pulled my first cracker last night,” I said before adding that Prime Minister John Key had been pulling the other end.
“How come?” the bloke’s son who was helping his father, asked.
I explained that I’d been invited, as the National Party’s Southern Regional chair, to attend the Canterbury Westland Region’s Christmas Party. The crackers had been on the tables, the PM had picked one up and invited me to pull the other end.
I did and an appropriately blue hat fell out.
“Cool,” the son replied.
It was, I agreed, a cracker of a night.
Friends who had come with us went home to a phone call from their son who is working in London. When told they’d just met the P.M. and shared a table with a Cabinet Minister, he laughed and said, only in New Zealand could that happen so easily.