Christmas Day in Japan

This Christmas was definitely not typical. We spent the holiday in a country where most people do not celebrate Christmas. It was freezing. We actually saw a little bit of snow. And for the first time in 24 years Nathan and I were not with our families. 
The Japanese participate in some of the traditions we associate with Christmas. They put up Christmas lights, and the city is decorated with Santa and snowmen. We have even heard Christmas music at some places. But Christmas Eve and Christmas day are not holidays for them. Everyone goes to work and carries on with their normal life. 
Which is why Nathan and I spent Christmas at a PR event for Osaka Evessa. (pictures to come soon!) We had a lot of fun! But the event lasted all day long and did not leave us much energy for celebrating by the time we got home Christmas evening. Which also explains our Christmas dinner.
I’m sure its exactly what all of yall had back home, right? 
Actually, after a long week of Japanese food, that pizza tasted pretty wonderful.
We did still have a Christmas tree, actually several, complete with decorations and presents underneath. Santa even made a few deliveries all the way to Japan. 
Our “real” Christmas tree that we grew ourselves. Compliments of our sis-in-law Bailey :) 
Santa delivered some of our favorites from home. 
Although it wasnt our “typical” Christmas, we were so happy to spend it together. We missed our nephews, our big Christmas eve parties, and all of the Holiday food. But at the end of the day we were able to skype home with both of our families  and in spite of the time difference, it made Christmas complete. 
Plus Nathan got me a GREATEST Christmas present, complete with cute little basket and bell!


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