Tokyo Christmas is far different from the Christmas we know in Germany and Philippines. Amidst the glittering illuminations and tall Christmas tree, the yuletide feel is a bit lacking. But this should not be a reason to frown or be lonely during the holidays.
I am always excited to hear Christmas songs being played at the stores or mall. It’s a thrill when our house is filled with the smell of freshly-baked cakes. And the wonderful feeling while decorating our house with Christmas ornaments.
Tokyo Christmas Illuminations
Every year, my husband and I would go to different places to see the illuminations. Just recently, we went to Shiodome to see the Caretta Illumination. On our way, we briefly saw a classical performance at Oazo in Marunouchi.
We also saw the illuminated old train in front of Shimbashi.
Christmas Lesson with Japanese Children
December is Christmas lesson month for me and my Japanese students. Contrary to what Japanese understand about Christmas, I make it sure that I share my idea of the occasion to my students.
At the beginning or early week of the month, we write our Christmas wishes on a paper stocking. It is amazing to see how the students try their best to write their wishes in English.
For my Monday class, we also made some handprint Christmas trees to decorate our room.
And for our last lesson of the year, we have our Christmas lesson/party. We play games, sing carols, and read stories. I also guide them as they make their own Christmas cards for their parents.
It might still be a long way for them to really understand the meaning of Christmas. For now, I am happy that they know that Christmas doesn’t only mean having KFC friend chicken for dinner.