For a country which really do not celebrate Christmas despite the illuminations and decorations, most of the time it is difficult to get the “Christmas feeling” every time I am outside here in Japan.
Every year, my husband and I try to practice family Christmas traditions which the two of us have experienced since we were kids. I find it very interesting because through this, we were able to both share our respective cultures and at the same time learn from each other. Same as the two previous Christmases, we again tried to incorporate German and Philippine Christmases in our home here in Tokyo.
I also tried to make a traditional German Christmas dinner for me and my husband so that we can feel the warmth of the holidays although we are far from his family.