I refuse to go the KFC and strawberry and cream sponge route.
I just can't do it....
And even if I was maybe waivering the fact that the punnet of strawberries that was going for 300 yen last week is up to 600 yen this week hardens my Grinchy heart.
So, it's as traditional as we can manage here.
I made Christmas cake, we've gone gingerbread mad, there's rumballs on every flat surface, cranberry sauce and a chicken ready to roast in the fridge and advent calendars and stockings are up.
some of my favourite things about Christmas are the nativity story and the getting together with family and friends and that is a little harder to manage but over the years I have fortified my Christmas traditions Japan-style and we have quite the festive season ritual.
Earlier in the month there were the work and dance Christmas parties and today is one of my favourites- the missionary Christmas potluck.
This is a really special evening of Jesus and love and friendship and laughter and sharing and catching up and meeting new people and music and a nativity story for the kids and a play in English by the Bible Study in English class and it's just fabulous.
Caesar Augustus pondering his empire while women march around demanding 'more money for the army' which Amy has continued chanting on and off since which- out of context- sounds a little odd...
Mary and Joseph looking over baby Jesus surrounded by some amazing animals- all the props are handmade too.
The shepherds arrive to see the Christmas miracle.
It was just beautiful and makes me thankful again this year that my kids get to have a bit of the real Christmas in their Christmas.