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My Christmas Day2018.11.29


My Christmas Day

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今日はSarah先生の日です。

Dear readers,
 
I hope you haven’t caught colds! Have you seen any local Christmas lights yet? It’s still only November, but they’re already starting to spring up everywhere! They give public places a lovely atmosphere.
 
Inspired somewhat by these local displays of Christmas decoration, and in a newfound christmasy mood, I decided today to talk about what a typical Christmas day is like for me in the UK. Japanese Christmas eve and Christmas day are so different, that I thought it might be interesting to share my experience of Christmas in my home country.
 
On the night before Christmas, the mood in the UK is very peaceful. Families, including mine, usually stay indoors together and watch a Christmas film and have a small drink like Baileys (a creamy alcohol). (We don’t eat cake or chicken or anything like that!) When I go to bed on Christmas Eve, I sometimes find it difficult to sleep because I’m excited for Christmas day the following morning.
 
Christmas day is the main event of the season! When we get up in the morning, the first thing we do is open presents from under the tree in our pajamas. These presents were given by all kinds of people: other family members, friends, or colleagues. We save them all for this moment under the tree. As an adult, opening presents on Christmas morning is much less exciting than it was as a child. But it’s still really fun, and I have a very generous father so sometimes I get about ten gifts just from him! They make quite a big pile under the tree.
 
The next few hours are spent enjoying our new gifts, thanking people for the gifts, and then either travelling to a family member’s house or waiting for family members to arrive at our house for festivities. The place where my family holds Christmas dinner changes year after year – sometimes my grandad’s house, sometimes my uncle and aunt’s house, sometimes our house. When the extended family is all together, we chat and play games and drink hot wine together, waiting for dinner to begin. Many family members also help out with the cooking, because it’s a big job for just one person.
 
Christmas dinner is typically huge. It’s similar to a roast dinner, which I may have mentioned before (roast turkey, roast vegetables, roast potatoes, sausages wrapped in bacon, various other ride dishes, and a huge array of desserts). When we’re all sat around the table together and the food is ready, we say cheers, pull Christmas crackers (which is a kind of game) and begin eating! We eat for hours and hours. One of the highlights of the meal is at the end when we eat Christmas pudding – a traditional British Christmas dessert which is a kind of dense, moist cake with raisins and other fruits in it. We pour alcohol over the pudding, and set it on fire! Once the fire goes out, we eat the hot dessert with brandy cream.
 
After dinner, everyone is usually very full, drunk and a bit sleepy. At this point it’s dark outside and probably around 6 or 7 pm. At this time, many of us move into the living room from the dining room to watch TV. But on Christmas day, TV is not ordinary TV! All of the best television series air special Christmas episodes (for example, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and other popular dramas). There are also a lot of special Christmas quiz shows with famous comedians on TV, and a lot of movies. The evening of Christmas day is the best time of year for British television and families like to watch certain shows or films together.
 
Finally, at the end of a long day, we go to bed still slightly tipsy, feeling very cozy and fulfilled after a day of giving and receiving gifts, watching good TV, and eating delicious food with the family.
 
I suppose British Christmas Day is more similar to Japanese New Year’s Day than Japanese Christmas, since Japanese New Year is the time when the family comes together for a feast. I’d love to join in with New Year celebrations with a Japanese family someday to experience what it’s like!
 
If you want to ask more about my family’s Christmas day, please do so! I’m happy to talk about it any time because I love Christmas.
 
Have a great week, and stay warm!
 
Sarah
 

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