Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Night

We celebrated Christmas Eve night quietly at home with just our little family.
After returning from our day in Yokohama, we purchased our 1st Japanese Christmas cake.  Christmas cakes are a big tradition in Japan and our sold everywhere during the holiday season.  I wasn't going to buy one because they were pretty pricey, but felt like we had too. :)  I think they are so pricey because lots of people don't have ovens in their homes.

The cake itself was pretty tasty. It was a sponge cake with strawberry filling and a whipped frosting.  Most Japanese desserts aren't very sweet.  Most Christmas cakes include strawberries.

After dinner we had a short program which included some songs, stories, and reading from the scriptures.  The kids then got to open up a few presents.  First they opened up Christmas jammies from Kurt and I.

Then we decided to follow a tradition that Kurt's family did growing up - the kids opened up the presents they picked out for each other.  Kurt said his family did this so that the gifts didn't get mixed in and put aside during the Christmas morning hoopla.

Logan picked out a book for Avri and a doll for Kelsie.

Kelsie picked out a Bakugan for Logan and a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal for Avri.

Avri picked out slippers for Logan and a Disney Princess phone for Kelsie.

Afterwords, we set out Snickerdoodles and milk for Santa and reindeer food for the reindeer.
The kids went to bed a little after 8pm and slept until 7am!

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