Merii Kurisumasu!

Merii Kurisumasu!
Merii Kurisumasu!

Merii Kurisumasu!

This year is the first time Sidra got presents for Christmas, and they were even properly wrapped and stacked under our mini Christmas tree! Of course all the presents are from me and my husband, as there are only the three of us in the family.

I bought small things like socks, slippers, and some Christmas cookies, and my husband bought Playstation game, Little Big Planet, and a red plastic wristwatch. He also made handmade gift cards to be used on Steam, an online game platform. Sidra’s card was worth $15, while my card is exclusively for Zuma game, because I’m obviously addicted to this this frog who shoots colorful marbles from its mouth.

To make it merrier, I bought another pair of socks and slippers for my husband, and a pair of leggings for myself. How sad is that, wrapping my own Christmas present? Har-har. As long as there are presents under the tree, it’s for the appearance’s sake, you know.

Fortunately, my husband had joined a Secret Santa game in an online community and his present arrived just in time for Christmas. And a day before Christmas, I got a real Christmas present! It was from carmenCitaB, one of my birthday giveaway winners! Thank you so much! Now we have more presents under the tree!

Sidra was very excited when he saw all the presents under the Christmas tree, since he usually only get presents on birthdays. I told him that he could open the presents on Christmas morning. Not opening presents immediately was a new thing for him, so it was a really hard thing to do! He kept tugging at the presents until I told him to leave them alone.

On Christmas morning, he woke up early and the first thing he said was “Yay purezento (presents)!” We took a picture in front of the Christmas tree with Sidra getting more impatient. Then he was allowed to tear up all the wrappings.

Presents! Happy

He was very excited with all his presents, even for the socks and slippers. He put on the wristwatch and slippers immediately and the whole day he kept saying “Thank you Mama for all the purezento, thank you Papa! Thank you for the game, thank you for the watch, I love the socks too! The slippers are so comfy!” In fact, this morning he woke my husband up with “Thank you for the purezento, Papa!” He’s still saying thank you until now, and I think it is so sweet that he seems so grateful with all the presents.

Handmade games gift card for Sidra
Handmade games gift card for Sidra
Handmade Zuma gift card untuk mama
Handmade Zuma gift card for me (untuk mama = for mama, Indonesian language)

I got a pair of luggage tags and crocheted Christmast ornament from carmenCitaB, and my husband got a pair of salt and pepper shakers from his Secret Santa. Our first Christmas presents!

A pair of salt 'n pepper shakers! Luggage tags and Christmas ornament

Papa's secret santa present My present

Christmas in Japan is not a national holiday, but it is very popular and celebrated mostly in commercial way with parties and presents. For most people, it has nothing to do with religion. You can see lots of Christmas images like trees, ornaments, presents, and Santa, but there are no sight of nativity scene in Christmas celebrations here. Since there are so many festivals and celebrations in Japan, Christmas is welcomed as just another reason to celebrate. It is the same way as how Halloween and Valentine’s day are adopted by the Japanese.

Our Christmas was such a nice experience and we’re sure going to do it again next year! I hope you all had a wonderful day too! Merii Kurisumasu! It’s how the Japanese say ‘Merry Christmas!’

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  • such a wonderfull christmast 🙂 hope the happyness is always all around ur family mbak novita 🙂


  • Glad you had such a nice Christmas and Sidra was so happy and thankful for his gifts.

    The salt and pepper shakers look veryI’ve never seen any like that before. cool!

    All best wishes for the new year.


  • Stefani Sarah

    メリークリスマス! Mwahahaha, hillarious post. I don’t see chicken though. Where is it!? Anyways, happy holidays for you and your family. Also, yoi otoshi wo mukae kudasai. *bowing and signing out*

    • verypurpleperson

      I don’t see any chicken either. What do you mean?
      Happy holiday!

      • Stefani Sarah

        I don’t know when it began but Christmas in Japan is heavily associated to having a (preferably) whole chicken for family dinner, particularly KFC chicken. Maybe this article explains it better

        • verypurpleperson

          Oh I know about that. I just don’t understand the chicken in reference to the post
          We had our own version of Christmas 🙂

  • Marilyn

    What a fun day for all of you!! Wishing you a very Wonderful New Year!!!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Marilyn and have a happy new year too for you and the family! (^_^)/

  • bluesistheteacher

    maybe next year, you can do the “caga tio” instead of the tree., that’s what we do in my country and it’s really funny and i think that Sidra will enjoy it because you don’t have to wait until morining for the presents, haha!

    happy new year for all your family!

    • verypurpleperson

      I’ve heard about the pooping log before, it is so strange yet so funny! I can see why kids love it, I want to hit the log too! 😀

  • rina

    haii lam kenal yaaa…nyasar dari blog orang jepang yang suka jahit2 nieh..blognya seru deh, apalagi ada tutorial nya..

    btw dirimu member femaledaily bukan ya ;D kayak sering denger nick nya heheh..

    btw merry christmas ..n happy new year yaaa..

    have a great holiday~

  • Merry Christmas Novita to you & ur family. Presents always add some more excitement to this lovely holiday!! blessings! Love from, Mia

  • Dear Novita, I wish you, Sidra and your husband Happy Holidays and a new 2011 full of wishes come true and exciting projects!


  • Merry Christmas or ‘God Jul’ as we say here in snowy Sweden.
    Have a lovely holiday.

  • Those salt and pepper mills are awesome, you can operate them with one hand, which means you can have one dirty hand while cooking and use the salt with out making the mill icky. Merry Christmas!

    • verypurpleperson

      Actually I’ve never used those salt and pepper shakers, thank you for telling me how convenient they are ^_^ Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too!

  • Merii Kurisumasu to you and yours – I made my mother a Christmas gift from one of your patterns, and it was very well received. Thank you!

    • verypurpleperson

      Glad to hear that your mother love the bag! Thank you for trying out the pattern, MissAndree! ^_^

  • Barbara

    I am happy that you had a nice first Christmas, and I had to laugh when I read that your favorite game is Zuma, because it is mine, too! We not only share the same birthday but now this, too! Last year my son gave me Zuma’s Revenge, but I like the original Zuma better and play it about every day.

    Sidra was just like the children here in the U. S. on Christmas day, and it is always so much fun to surprise them with gifts! I missed not being with a grandchild yesterday for the first time, but it is getting to be too far to travel with gasoline being so expensive now.

    I hope your family has a wonderful New Year, Novita!

    • verypurpleperson

      ZUMA! Barbara, that is so funny that you also like that game!
      I play it about everyday too, it’s so addicting!

      I’m sorry to hear that you couldn’t spend time with your grandchild. Hope that you still have a wonderful time this holiday. Happy new year, Barbara!

  • merry christmas novita! hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday:)

    • verypurpleperson

      Merry Christmas to you too, Chie! Wish you a happy time with the family! ^_^