We went to the Matsumoto foreign orphans' Christmas party.
I don't think that's the official name but it's a Christmas for the partly/ fully foreign families in the area who aren't overseas for Christmas.
It's a really beautiful night with a potluck supper and games for the kids and talking and carols for the adults (and any kids who can tear themselves away from the playing to come in and listen) and it reminds me of get-togethers with other families when I was a kid as there is a kid's room and, so long as there's no bloodshed or structural damage to the building the kids are left to their own devices.
And even Meg and Amy who usually take a while to warm up in social situations have caught on to the system and in about 2 minutes have headed off to play with the other kids ad are there on in only seen as flashes of half dressed colour (all that running around and playing and all the kids always end up hot and sweaty and stripping down to their undershirts....)
It was just lovely again this year:
Being serenaded with all the good old carols like Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Silent Night and not even the first note of Wham's revoltingly un-Christmassy and incredibly overused here 'Last Christmas.' Yeah!
And I heard a new carol (for me) this year which has become my new favourite already. It was sung soooo beautifully on the night and I have spent quite a bit of time on youtube trying to find a version as good as the one k-sensei sang on the night and this is the closest:
I never thought I'd be putting up a Kenny Rodgers video here!
Santa even made an appearance!
(look at Amy in a sleeveless top- brrrrrr!)
Santa gave out gifts and then asked all the children to think about those less fortunate in less developed countries and especially children living in wartorn areas.
I really appreciated the sentiment but felt rather inadequate as a mummy on the bilingual parenting path as I'm afraid 'less developed nations' and 'wartorn areas' went right over my kids heads... Never mind I explained what Santa was asking of them later so nothing was lost.
After Santa's visit I pulled out my card making supplies and had everyone do a quiet time activity making Christmas cards so we could put the kids' room back in order.
And it kind of needed it:
Apparently this is the result of a pillow fight with an entire room full of floor cushions. The computer on the table was hooked up to a projector and they had Christmas movies on the big screen as well. A Merry Christmas for everyone!