Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

How About a Nice Christmas Singalong?

Okay, friends, let's all sing together...

The 2007 Xmas tree

Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches

...or was that:

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With all our hearts we greet thee

Whatever. Either version of the song works fine. As you can see, my precious, little Christmas tree, bought at Yac's Drugstore back in the early 90s, is now gracing my drink cabinet rather than my TV. (I got a flatscreen type last April, and I don't think the tree will balance on it very well!) It doesn't seem to have affected the amount of loot this year!

2007 Xmas decorations

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la la la la la!

Well, maybe not. The outer hallway is gone now, eliminated when we had the new living room built. Now the tinsel graces the ceiling of our living and dining rooms, and I think it looks much better there...especially with BLUE Christmas balls attached!

Incidentally, "Deck the Halls (with Boughs of Holly)" is not a Christmas song but rather a Welsh Yule song meant to be sung while decorating the house. Oh, well. Regardless of your spiritual or cultural leanings, it's the heart that counts, right? (Thought, whatever.)

2007 Stockings

You'd better watch out,
You'd better not cry,
You'd better not pout!
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.

Hanging the stockings was a bit of a problem this year. The old living/dining closet room was ringed by a traditional flanged plank for hanging pictures and things. There were plenty of hooks available for hanging stockings. Now those planks are gone, and the carpenter recommended that we not try to hang anything by putting nails or tacks into the plaster. Instead, I made good use of available resources. Whatever works, right?

2007 House lights

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go...

This year the light string didn't go in the east sliding-glass door because that door no longer exists. Instead, it went into the new bay window. It still can't be seen from the main street, but at least now it's in view of the neighbors. I think of it as spreading Christmas cheer, kind of like wassailing only different.

2007 Chocogift

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping at your nose,
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos...

Sorry, no chestnuts, and no fire. The temperature went up, and it rained yesterday, so no frost. The term "Eskimo" is wrong and actually insulting to the people who are more properly called "Inuit", but it's not cold enough for people to dress up like them, anyway. However, though my son isn't exactly a tot anymore (though he often acts like it), his eyes are definitely aglow after receiving this chocolate monstrosity from his grandparents!

Maybe we should sing "cuspids roasting on a sugar fire, plaque frost nipping at molars..."

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright...

No pic needed here. It's late, it's dark, it's quiet, and it's time for Santa to go to work. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


  • Nice decorations. The T-man looks happy with his megachocolatebar. Merry Christmas to you all.

    ;) Don

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 10:48 AM  

  • *singing along*

    Oh... Meiji chocolate!!! Can you ask your son to share his chocolate with me, please? :D

    Merry Christmas 2007!!!

    By Blogger Selba, at 11:57 AM  

  • Now that is Japanese Christmas tree!

    Merry Christmas Moody!

    By Blogger Swinebread, at 2:38 AM  

  • HAve a holly jolly sleigh ride, and jingle all the way! Perfect time of year to go for a roll in the hey, YADAYADAYADA!

    By Anonymous Dave, at 7:12 AM  

  • Very nice Christmas tree. Any kid would be happy with that monstrosity of a chocolate bar. lol

    Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

    By Blogger Happysurfer, at 7:33 PM  

  • Hello little Moody: you shouldn’t eat so many chocolates, would cause your teeth bad.
    Share some with your Dad’s blog friends, OK? ;-)

    By Anonymous L.C_D, at 5:20 PM  

  • Snabudon
    He was pretty excited to get it, but I haven't seen it since, so I don't know!

    I don't think he'd give it up willingly no matter how nicely I asked him. Besides, as I said, I don't know what he did with it!

    Thanks! All the same to you!

    Yes, it is a nice, compact, and efficient thing, isn't it (the tree I mean)?

    Are you aware that "(i)yada" means "I hate it" in Japanese?

    We did have a nice if harried, busy, and boxed-in Christmas. Hope yours was good, too.

    I doubt he'd listen. Besides, see my comment to Selba, above.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 10:02 PM  

  • Yada oft repeated Thrice, is commonly heard from New Yorkers. IE Seinfeld, it is commonly meant to be taken as so on and so on, but I see how it could have meant I hate it in Japanese and been used by Nor'Easters to mean something else entirely.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 8:59 AM  

  • Gotta Have It
    Gotta be Done

    "Peace on Earth to all Mankind"
    Of course it is only a wish
    but it is a dream of the Mind


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:14 AM  

  • Thanks for thinking of me this time of year (included on the e-card) and I hope that you not only had Merry Christmas but that you also have a Happy New Year (which if I recall is more important to the Japanese anyway)

    By Anonymous The Intrepid Adventurer, at 4:34 AM  

  • Looks like merry times in your household. And what a handsome young man!

    By Blogger San, at 4:21 AM  

  • Oh no.... probably you son already finished all his chocolate? because I know if I'm him, I would definitely finish it, hehehe..

    I remember about the yada and yatta during our chat. So how does someone differentiate when another one says "Yatta" and "Yadda", both sound almost the same, no?

    By Blogger Selba, at 12:06 PM  

  • San
    Christmas was good this year, if a bit boxed-in and rushed. Now we have New Year's Day, the main holiday in Japan, to look forward to.

    It's easy to tell "yada" and "yatta" apart, especially since "yatta" has a glottal stop (i.e. a little pause) in the middle.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 11:32 PM  

  • A (late) Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer:

    Christmas time is here, by golly,
    Disapproval would be folly.
    Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
    Fill the cup and don't say when.

    Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
    Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens.
    Even though the prospect sickens,
    Brother, here we go again.

    On Christmas Day you can't get sore,
    Your fellow man you must adore.
    There's time to rob him all the more
    The other three hundred and sixty-four.

    Relations, sparing no expense, 'll
    Send some useless old utensil,
    Or a matching pen and pencil.
    ("Just the thing I need, how nice!")

    It doesn't matter how sincere it is,
    Nor how heart felt the spirit,
    Sentiment will not endear it,
    What's important is the price.

    Hark, the Herald Tribune sings,
    Advertising wondrous things.
    God rest ye merry merchants,
    May ye make the Yuletide pay.
    Angels we have heard on high,
    Tell us to go out and buy!

    So, let the raucous sleigh bells jingle,
    Hail our dear old friend Kris Kringle,
    Driving his reindeer across the sky.
    Don't stand underneath when they fly by.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 3:35 PM  

  • late Merry Christmas!! love the pictures.

    now... that tree looks like it might be on it's last leg... poor thing! :)

    hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family!!

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 7:20 AM  

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