Have you had a nice, relaxing Christmas? What did Father Christmas (Santa
Claus) bring you?
In England, Christmas is like Japanese Oshogatsu: a lot of eating,
drinking, and relaxing. It's not so exciting! But, in fact, this year my
Christmas was a little different from usual...
On Boxing Day (December 26th), my family usually takes a walk on the nearby
beach, however, recently a big storm has passed us and the weather is
unreliable so I took my walk early on December 23rd with my friend. We
went to the red squirrel reserve in the pinewoods in my town. Here we
could walk through miles of pine trees, see endangered red squirrels, and
walk through the sand dunes. Here's a picture of us at the start of the
After the walk, I was ready for Christmas. On the night of Christmas Eve,
my parents made a simple meal and we pulled Christmas crackers. These are
a Christmas tradition. When we pull the cracker open, we can find a simple
gift, a paper hat, and a joke or fact. I got some measuring spoons for
cooking in my cracker. Have a look...
We then put out a mince pie (a pie filled with sweet dried fruit and
spices) for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph the reindeer. When I
woke up on Christmas Day, the first thing I did was check the mince pie and
carrot. Look what had happened...
This is evidence that Father Christmas and his reindeer had come to our
house overnight! Indeed, look at the presents that had appeared under the
Usually my family have Christmas lunch at home but this year our whole
family couldn't be together, so me, Mum, and Dad went out for Christmas
lunch. It was the first time we've ever done this. Of course we pulled
Christmas crackers and put on our Christmas hats when we were eating. Look
at me and Dad...
What do you think about our Christmas lunch...
Starter: Lobster and avocado salad...
Main: Roast turkey, roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and stuffing...
Dessert: Christmas pudding (thick dried fruit cake) with brandy sauce...
After our massive meal, we came home and exchanged presents. (At the top
of this article you can see a picture of Mum and me before we opened our
presents.) My favourite presents from my parents were a John Lennon (who
was also born in Liverpool) T-shirt and book, and a novel about British
history. Thank you so very much Mum and Dad - the gifts suit me well!
Also, I would like to thank all my friends, especially those in Japan, for
thinking of me at Christmas and making such an effort to send wonderful
gifts. I can't express my gratitude in words, but perhaps the photo at the
bottom of this article of the gifts from Japan shows how pleased I was.
Thank you so much to everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing and peaceful
Christmas. I'm looking forward to hearing about what you did. Until next
time, take care and enjoy the festive season!
Best wishes, from Corrina.☺️