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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, メリークリスマス and 聖誕快樂

As I write this, it's only 15 minutes until Christmas. Living in Taiwan, however, tends to dampen down one's enthusiasm for the holiday. Sure, there are Xmas decorations to be seen around town, and songs and carols can be heard here and there, but, for the most part, this time of year is no different from any other, albeit with cooler temperatures. I miss Japan, for example, where Christmas decorations can be quite bright and festive, even though the day isn't a holiday there, either.

On the other hand, my daughter was very excited this evening, awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. She has a small stocking hanging up behind her door, which will be filled with small gifts when she wakes up tomorrow morning. There will be wrapped presents under our small (artificial) tree, including the bicycle she has been asking for. And though her mother will have to go to work in the morning, there should still be enough time for the three of us to open the gifts together, and wish each other a Merry Christmas.

So wherever you are in the world right now, whether you have celebrated, are celebrating, or will celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and/or New Year's, we here in the Kaminoge household would like to wish you all the happiest of holidays!

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