Friday, December 25, 2009

Santa Did Come To Our Kitchen

My parents made a fuss about Christmas only when their children were small, because old folks in Japan generally think that Christmas is for kids. Thus, this year, living with my aging parents, I had to have a terribly un-festive Christmas. There was no Christmas tree, wreath, gingerbread people, fruitcake or dinner with sparkling wine. The only thing the family got was a typical Japanese Christmas cake which dad had to buy to help the relative who works at a local pastry shop.

But you never thought that this blog would just ignore Christmas this year? OF COURSE NOT!
How could I end a year without exchanging warm wishes with all the good people who support me?

So here it is... The Santa above (made with a strawberry and cream taken from the "anpanman Christmas cake" dad bought) and I are wishing you a warm, joyful Christmas and a wonderful new year.

Mom said OMG when she saw this strawberry Santa. She showed it to dad and he laughed, too. That was something new to me... actually seeing someone react to what I made for Christmas.
And I think I liked that. :)

*::::*::::*::::* Merry Christmas *::::*::::*::::*


new2bento said...

Dear Friend: Warm wishes for a very happy Christmas from the other side of the world. What a sweet treat to see your simple Claus. Keep the faith you are such a devoted daughter, it is an honor to witness your life.

tiptup said...

Merry Christmas obachan!! That is a very cute santa!

K and S said...

so cute! hope your christmas was a nice one and may 2010 be a better year for you.

J*me said...

That is the most adorable Santa ever!! *o* Such a great idea! I think it'll look so cute in many children's bentoboxes. ^_^

Happy Christmas to you too, Obachan! Thank you for your lovely Christmas wishes!

Fiona said...

That's cute, Obachan ^_^.

Merry Christmas, and hope you enjoy the holiday season.

totoro kaiwa said...

It's the day after Christmas here and looking at your Santa was refreshing. Thanks for the kind thoughts. Wishing you a very Happy New Year too.
Are you doing New Year cooking?

debbie said...

Happy holidays! Sorry for the late greetings... I've been away. : ) Take care

cecilia said...

Hi, Obachan,

I agree with new2bento. Thank you so much for sharing your life. You are so creative, simple and cute Santa. Happy New Year!

Cara said...

Merry Christmas and a happy new year wishes! Maybe this year you can answer a question that has been puzzling me for years: Why does Japan even have a traditional christmas cake and why does the cake have strawberries?

Anonymous said...

That's too cute! Hope that you've had your Christmas merry. All the best for 2010!

My Jap husband knows nuts about gingerbread man. He assumed that it's an Anpanman imitator. Faint*


Anonymous said...

Dear Obachan,
Love your Santa Snowman. Sweet in every sense of the word.
I enjoy your writing and your photos so much and am looking forward to continued reading of your blog.
Happy New Year.
Love, June

obachan said...

Thank you, everyone!
Your comments were a great Christmas gift to me.

Wish you all had a wonderful time.

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Mako said...

The little strawberry santa looks adorable. ^.^


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