Our Slice of Tokyo

Celebrating Christmas in Tokyo

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.

Tokyo Christmas
Snowflakes and other Christmas decor made from dried straw given by our friend from Lithuania

 

Tokyo Christmas
Found this nice Advent candles from Ikea

 

Tokyo Christmas
December 6 is St. Nikolaus Day in Germany. I found these goodies inside my boots!

 

My Christmas Parol
Christmas is not the same without a parol (a Filipino Christmas star)

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.

Christmas in Tokyo
First time to cook a typical German Christmas dinner: oven-roasted duck, potato knoedel (potato balls), and rotkohl (red cabbage)

 

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