Me and Pristine attempting to stay up until midnight. Pardon the unkempt hair, etc.
People celebrate Christmas differently around the world. In the Philippines where I spent 18 Christmasses, we would stay up until midnight on Christmas eve to wait for the date to change to December 25 then have our Christmas dinner together with the whole family, exchange gifts and a lot of stuffs including fireworks, video games, karaoke – fun things to do with all the family.
In Japan, everybody basically just sleeps on Christmas eve. I found it strange that Christmas is a day not just for overly expensive Christmas cakes (which tastes superb, in fairness to being pricey) but also for lovers! You didn’t see that coming, did you? Hotels, from the posh to the ones in dimly lit streets are fully booked on December 24-25. It’s such a shame why Christmas day seems to be shag day in Japan. Excuse me for the lack of better word. *cough*
In the US, I guess people also sleep on Christmas eve with everyone celebrating it tucking their children to bed so parents can get busy playing Santa. Then they wake up on Christmas morning to open presents. To most, it would be cold and snowing outside. I like the sound of it – just like Christmas in the books.
So how do I spend Christmas with my family? My husband is not Christian and don’t know how to spend Christmas himself. He’s Japanese and I’ve convinced him since we got together that hell no, Christmas is not shag day (not that he insists). Basically, I man how Christmas would be spent in my house. The huz and kiddo are waiting for my instructions, so to speak. Do we stay up until midnight? Do we sleep ala silent night and open presents in the morning (minus the snowy scene outsde the window)? Of course the husband is resisting the idea of staying late until midnight to catch the date change to December 25th. When Pristine was a baby, it was pointless and I thought, the only way I was able to survive staying up late until midnight while I was in the Philippines was because EVERYONE in my house did, as the people all over the neighborhood, town, city. The whole place is celebrating. There’d be countdown to Christmas on the TV, fireworks at the strike of midnight whereas in Japan and here in Dubai, there’s nothing.
So, I’ve decided we’d do the silent night-open presents in the morning type of Christmas celebration. Staying up late on Christmas eve won’t work for me anyway because Christmas day December 25th is normal working day (we’re just lucky it was Friday this year – the usual weekend in the UAE so I got to stay at home) and I won’t function properly sleep deprived. Christmas day is also a normal working day in Japan.
This year we slept through Christmas eve and woke up to open presents. That would be our kind of Christmas from now on. No more attempting to stay up until midnight, no more looking like a Panda the next day.
How was your Christmas?