This year, we had a dinner party with two of our fellow teachers on the Emperor’s Birthday to celebrate Christmas. Of course, we also did our traditional gift exchange on Christmas Eve (after work, of course).
Presents under the tree.
Two of our fellow teachers with their stockings.
The dinner I made. We had lasagne (made with kabocha from my friend’s father’s garden), salad, and challah.
About to eat!
Ready to enjoy our food.
This is the Christmas cake we bought. In Japan, the traditional Christmas dinner is KFC and strawberry shortcake. However, now, you can get chicken dinner from other places, and the Christmas cakes come in endless varieties. So, we got this delicious assorted tart.
The next day, we had to work. We will get off for New Years’ holidays from Saturday.
So, our Christmas Eve meal was more low maintenance. I made grilled eggplant parmesan, pasta, salad, and garlic toast.
Next, we opened our gifts!
Teddy’s mom sent him a game.
It’s all kinds of cold at school, so I got Teddy warm clothes, including these.
Barb sent me these majestic slippers.
She sent this Pyrex set, too, which was super exciting to me.
Teddy bought me this fabulously warm hat. He thought it was hilarious at the time, but once he realized how warm it was, he bought himself one, too!!
Teddy also got me a cute hair clip and earrings to match one of my yukata, a rolling mat for baking, stacking cooling racks, a portable battery pack for my phone, and these cute Fuji chopsticks rests!!
Today, I also made us a low-maintenance meal. I made cornmeal crusted tofu with honey mustard dip, parmesan potatoes, and salad. Yum!
Merry Christmas, everybody!!