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Merry Xmas!   

Hi, everyone! Hope all of you are doing great!

Christmas will come very soon! So may this Christmas be bright and cheerful and may the New Year begin on a prosperous note! MerryXmas!

Speaking of Christmas, I was asked a lot of times how wecelebrated it in Russia and the truth is that we don’t have Christmas on 25th of December… According to the old Julian calendar, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates it on January 7th. On the Eve of Orthodox Christmas, it is traditional for all family members to gather together and share the dinner.

But still the biggest and the most important event for Russia is New Year. People usually decorate Christmas Tree and ask Father Frost (Russian version of Santa, looks similar, except he wears a blue suite) to make all the wishes to cometrue. On 31st of December friends and relatives usually gather at home, share traditional Russian salad and other tasty things. Very important New Year’s tradition is to listen to the New Year Speech by the president ofthe country. Usually he makes his speech on the Red Square in Moscow at 23:55. After clocks strike 0:00 Russians take their glasses full of champagne and make wishes!

So this time I will celebrate New Year in the same way we always did with my family. It is going to be warm family dinner. ^_^ Hope allof you will spend holidays with your beloved people!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

Ana (Russia)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-12-24 14:45 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

Chit chat family,   

Happy merry holidays to you all.
I am looking forward to going back
to Tohoku for a couple of weeks over the new year to see if i can lend
a hand and a smile. The holiday party we had at Jasmac was so much
fun and I must thank everyone for being so nice. Yes, my team,
Nadeshiko, and I won the trivia game and I would like to take this
opportunity to make you all jealous that we all won some sweet prizes.
(I think there was a trip to Okinawa, Hawaii and Mexico along with
IPads and Guitars...) The prizes were sweet and it is even sweeter
when everyone else is jealous. Of course, I am only joking. I do,
seriously, wish that everyone has a safe and warm holiday. All the
best,

Brett (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-12-17 15:04 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

The Endless Winter   

Hello all I hope you are all well and staying warm and safe in the recent snowy weather. Lately I have been very busy with work and class etc. Currently working on my graduation report about my life in Japan and how I feel about all the things that I have been through in my time here. So far I'm at 15 pages and I want to get to at least 30 and a maximum of 50 before the end of next month when it is due. Besides that I'm still looking online for some cheap air tickets for my trip back home in a few month but can't find anything under 13,000 Yen. Man its tough trying to fly these days I really think airfare prices have gotten ridiculous, but it can't be helped.

Despite it being dangerously slick outside I've managed to only fall about 4 times and slide about 15 times since its been like this outside. I consider my self very fortunate for this hahahah. I'm also looking forward to my first Christmas and New Years in another country. This is something that is very exciting to me. I suppose it won't be much different than what I'm used to but just the thought of spending one of the biggest days of the year in another country just gets me excited!!!

Teren (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-12-14 17:24 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Kentucky Fried Christmas   

December… Snow… It's CHRISTMAS!

Christmas is for sure one of my favorite moments of the year!
And I'm glad that I was able to witness with my eyes the differences in culture between the Japanese Christmas and the Italian Christmas…

As some of you might know, one of the biggest difference, and most probably the one that surprises me the most, is food : I was shocked by the massive advertisement from KFC, combines and bento shops, all focused on fried chicken!
I think Japan has a very strong culinary culture and most probably one among the world's most various and healthy cooking habits but… really?!
Christmas is all about Fried Chicken and Cream Cakes?!

As always, this is not a critique, it's just my way to realize the difference between Italy and this beautiful country that is Japan.

Christmas makes me think of snow and here you really got a lot of it!
I'm a cold & snowy weather lover so I couldn't be happier to wake up in the morning with a snow storm outside the window! It's working great for my photos too and I'm really enjoying my night walks around town, even though sometimes it gets really really cold!

On the 19th I'll be flying back to Italy for 3 weeks, to celebrate Christmas with my family and to spend some time with my friends: I literally can't wait!

I wonder what kind of weather will await me on the other side of the world (most probably the same but.. who knows?! )

I'll see all of you again on the 10th of January with tons of story to tell, photos to show and, hopefully, some nice presents from Italy!

Christmas, here we go!

Buon Natale!

Nico (Italy)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-12-10 17:56 | カフェ 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)