Whether you’ve already set up your tree, hung up the stockings, pushed the presents under the tree, or made plans for an upcoming Christmas party, it’s only a few days until, in my opinion, the best holiday of the year arrives!
As you know from my post a couple of weeks ago about Christmas in Japan, Most Japanese certainly don’t know what Christmas really means. They use Christmas to make up their own events. Especially they make it a chance to put up big banners that say, “SALE” or “UP TO 50% OFF!”.
But how do Japanese people spend their Christmas? Sure, they go outside and maybe buy a few cheap products, but that’s not all they do, right?
That’s why today I will tell you a few things Japanese do on Christmas.
It is a tradition for Japanese couples to go to romantic restaurants and visit places on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Unlike in America, Christmas in Japan is a time when couples and friends spend time together rather than the usual family gathering. Think Valentines Day. No one gets a day off.
The feeling when you walk into restaurants on Christmas Eve and Christmas is romance, not warm, family meetings.
The second thing Japanese people often do, is to go see beautiful, colorful lights hanging up on trees, bushes, and various shapes made by wires.
The only thing you can’t see is a nativity scene. Of course, in America, you could probably see just as good lights just in your neighborhood, but common Japanese citizens tend to not be competitive in that sense. It’s always nice to stare at the warm lights twisting and curving around each other to create beautiful sights. Much better, of course, would be the never-ending light of Jesus Christ and the Gospel (I discussed this in a post awhile back.)
And last but not least ….
“Eat what?” you may be thinking, “Of course people eat at Christmas no matter where you go!”
Well, I’ll tell you how Japan differs. It’s a tradition for Japanese to eat …
Kentucky Fried Chicken.
I don’t know when this strange custom started, but what I do know is Christmas is KFC’s busiest time of the year. People have to order at least a month before the time in the Christmas season they want to eat it.
This has nothing to do with them not caring about Christ’s birth, but I though I’d throw out a fun fact.
So, that’s it! Comment below how people in your country spend Christmas!
Bye, and God bless!