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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cutest picture of the day.

I don't want to be a total scrooge, just because I'm busy hiding from Christmas doesn't mean I begrudge its joys to others! So here, a picture from one of my very favorite blogs, presentsimple. The author writes so beautifully about her life in Japan as an English language teacher, and about all the wondrous things you can see as you go about your day if you'll just open your eyes. (I've recommended her blog many times to my son Zed, who would like to teach ESL abroad, but I don't think he's checked it out yet. Hey Zed, go look at presentsimple!)

Menticia and I were a Christmas present juggernaut yesterday afternoon. I've finally convinced her that handmade stuff is preferable to cheap stuff bought at Walmart so we made things for her family - peanut and pecan brittle, gingerbread muffins, earrings and little animals out of Sculpey. Ah, the good old days.

(I've read online that Christmas is very hip in Japan, especially among non-Christians.)



At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just before the end of this semester, 2 of my students [women from Israel who is Ukranian] asked me to tell them all about celebrating Christmas in the U.S. In November, they wanted to know all about Thanksgiving and the history of it. Teaching foreign students always opens my eyes to my own country and American ways and views. It also makes me realize each and every semester that we are so much more alike than different. This semester I had the 2 ladies from Israel and 2 students from Syria [a young man and a young woman]. They all got to know each other and became very friendly. I checked out presentsimple. It is very interesting, especially since my daughter student taught in New Zealand and learned about that culture, and last year, she went to Japan on a Fulbright project with 200 other teachers to visit schools there.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Badaunt said...

They were totally cute in real life as well. :-)

Incidentally, for some reason Bloglines stopped updating your feed sometime back in November. I thought you'd stopped posting!

I should have guessed, though - the same thing happened to me, and I just found out the other day. I switched to the Feedburner feed (there's a place in Blogger for redirecting your feeds) and now things are moving again.

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the picture and thanks for the link. I have a son who is currently learning Japanese. He just took the JLPT earlier this month

Enjoy the rest of the month and have a great 2008


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