Merry X’mas


Okay, I am super late with this, but Merry x’mas anyways.

This year, we had a pretty good x’mas.  Santa delivered a ton of new toys for Haru so she was very happy.  I think her favorite by far is her new Rupunzel doll, from the Disney movie Tangled.  I was really fortunate to find one of these because there seems to be a premium on this particular one.  I even went to Toy’s R Us, and they didn’t even have them.  People on Ebay were selling them for nearly $100 USD.  I managed to find this one on Amazon for just under $40 USD, so I feel pretty lucky.

Unfortunately, not many people in Japan are familiar with the German fairytale character, that was create way back in 1812.  I was familiar with the character way before Disney made her into a Disney princess so I was hoping to that the movie was  more true to the original story…but of course it wasn’t.  But for a 4 year old girl, its a pretty good movie to watch and I enjoyed it too.  Overall t’was a very good x’mas for all of us this year and we’re all looking forward to the new year.


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December!


So its December again and this year we’ve decided to get a REAL Christmas tree (as opposed  the fake one we put up every year.)  IKEA has a special every year where we can pick up  a real Christmas trees, any size we want, off of their lots for 1980 JPY (about $23.00 US) which is a pretty good deal.  Now, when I say any sized tree, there aren’t any really tremendously large trees there.  I think the biggest one that I saw was about 12o centimeters or about  4 feet tall.  Most of them aren’t that great looking either.  Either they are too dry, didn’t have a too many branches or needles on them, or just didn’t look like a Christmas tree at all.  It’s amazing what a lot of people settle for.  I say one lady cart away what looked to me like a bunch of sticks.  Maybe she needed it for fire wood, because I can’t image it being anything else.

I spent at least 20-30 minutes looking for the best one, and out of the limited number of choices, I think I found a the best one.  It was taller than Haru, (unlike the aging artificial one we put every year, and it looked to be pretty freshly cut.  So I was pretty pleased with what we found.

We put our tree up on Sunday morning.   I was hoping that Haru would help us decorate the tree, but she seemed to be more interested in playing with the ornaments.  But once we were done, it turned out to be a pretty nice looking tree.  I took a few shots of Haru and the dogs next to the tree as I normally do every year.  It still lacked some color but overall it was pretty nice.

 

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