At the JR Gate Towers building in Nagoya, the holiday decorations are already starting to be put up.
There are small christmas trees everywhere with pretty flower arrangements nearby. The trees in front of the station are also covered in lights. The big tree in the main hall hasn’t gone up yet, but I guess they’ll remedy that soon enough.
Yesterday was a national holiday called Children’s Day. I met up with some friends for sightseeing in Gamagori, Nishio, and Handa.
We visited an island with a Shinto shrine on it, a miso factory, a vinegar museum, a tea house, and a costco.
It was pretty fun.
I’ve been counting down the days until Christmas since last week. I don’t really have any concrete plans, save for hanging out with mom and some cat sitting, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m looking forward to a quiet holiday and a few days off.
Today, my boss gave me a Christmas present of tea and a new mug to drink it out of. The tea set is from the UK and comes packed with 90 teabags of delicious black tea. I’m going to enjoy drinking it during my 4 day weekend. It will go well with the sugar cookies my friend promised me.
Speaking of friends, I need to figure out when/where we should meet up to exchange gifts. I like watching people’s faces light up while they open up their gifts. It might be selfish (and ego boosting) but I feel good when they like what I get them. That’s the best part of the holidays.
The lights are back. The front of our apartment complex is covered in lights of varying sizes and colors. It looks fantastic at night, when I get home from work. It really improves my mood and cuts some of the winter-evening gloom caused by the sun setting at 4:30.
“Merry Christmas” in advance to those who celebrate and “I hope you have a good couple of days” to those who don’t. May this time be filled with good food, a warm (for those in the North, like me) or cool (if you’re South) house, and happiness in whatever you do.
I’m going to enjoy a bit of time off, now that classes are over for good, before returning to the grind after New Year’s. I’ll bother mom and brother, give out gifts to those who’ve stayed by my side through thick and thin, and curl up with Kit under the fleece blanket to catch up on my Doctor Who.
Even though it’s small, it shines with a bright light.