I know my posts have been few and far in between lately, but the demands of three small kids and writing a book (oh yeah, I'm writing a guide to living in Yokosuka which will hopefully be done before we leave Yokosuka) have been enormous. Enormous for my scatterbrain anyway.
This could be part of the problem too.
He's a runner and an escaper. Note the plastic fence thing taped to the gate to keep Radar in and the rope of the top to keep Anders in. Luckily he has been diverted by new Christmas trains and hasn't tried this in a few days.
Command SubGru 7's Christmas party. This Santa is actually heaps better than last year's and the elf is Brad's LM which is Navy lingo for Paralegal. She is so impressive - not only is she a single mom with an adorable daughter living far from family, but she was also nominated as the command's Sailor of the Year. So Brad has the Sailor of the Year as his right hand person and I have Anders. Not fair.
So Christmas in Japan is not quite right. There are big light displays and Christmas music playing in stores and lots of Santa stuff but since only 2% of the population is Christian, it just doesn't come naturally. Example: our local mall's signage all says "Happy Christmas". Christmas Eve is almost more like New Year's Eve with everyone out on dates while New Year's Eve is a family night. Christmas cake is a big deal here - $35 for a small beautifully decorated cake with very little flavor. However it probably is way better than fruitcake. Christmas decorations are plentiful, but just a little off:
I can't remember what these fabric panels are called, but they are a very popular decorating item. Loved this one with Fuji-san and a Japanese village, but I don't ever remember there being two Rudolph's.
My Holy Family kokeshi doll set or so I thought. Really it's Mary, baby Jesus and a shepherd. Joseph was majorly unrepresented in our house this year. He was no show in the kid's manger set and had to be replaced by Super Grover and now the shepherd.
Even in our own Church's Christmas pageant - two Filipinos and a white kid are the King's. Lucien was so thrilled to actually get a part this year. Jude on the other hand spent the entire performance in pageant time out for goofiing off with a friend. Let it be known that Brad and I didn't put Jude in a tie meant for a toddler, he chose it himself and there was no dissuading him.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We are off to Tokyo and will be having dinner tonight in a Ninja themed restaurant. Nothing says the holidays like Ninjas.