【Nic先生の英語ブログを読もう!】Christmas time is here! Happy holidays from Canada!

【Nic先生の英語ブログを読もう!】Christmas time is here! Happy holidays from Canada!

Hey there everyone, and happy December!


Can you believe it? It’s December 2023 already! Not only that, as of this writing, it’s already December 12th, so it will be even later by the time you’re reading this. Where did the time go?

Honestly, it feels like only yesterday when it was the middle of September, Japan was still having sweltering heat, and I was eagerly awaiting the anticipation of my partner back in Japan. Well, her arrival was back in October, and it’s been more than 2 months already.

Now, we’re getting ready to head to Canada to celebrate Christmas with my family, and then we’re planning a little winter getaway to some sunnier southern climes.


But, I’m getting ahead of myself!

Happy holidays, and I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season. I know that Christmas isn’t a traditional holiday in Japan, but what with Japan’s tradition of celebrating a wide range of holidays, and making holidays into nondenominational celebrations, I think it’s a great time of year to be in Japan.

My students have sent me pictures from around Japan, showing the country decorated for the time of year.

While Japan doesn’t traditionally celebrate Christmas, I think it’s fair to say that Japan does a great job of making Christmas their own. I’ve seen a wide range of impressive light displays from Tokyo, and even rural areas like my neighbourhood have put up a few small, quaint decorations. Even if you’ve never seen a reindeer, chances are that you can see a lit-up version somewhere around where you live this time of year.

Similarly, even if your area isn’t prone to snow over winter, I’m sure you can see a few sparkling snowman somewhere around you too, be it in a shop or in public.


For my family’s tradition, we don’t have anything too special. Instead, Christmas is truly a time for family.

As I live outside of Canada, and my sister lives on the opposite side of Canada from our hometown of Vancouver, Christmas is one of the few times where the entire family gathers in one place. In addition, my mother is from the US (my father is Canadian). So, we always travel down to the US (my American relatives are only an hour and a half drive or so away) and visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Christmas is truly a time for family for us. We also invite my dad’s side of the family over, with our aunts and cousins from that side.

This year, our schedule is going to be a bit different. Normally, we do all our celebrating on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but that has got a bit hectic the past couple years. So, we’re just going to celebrate whenever we want. It’s truly going to be a Christmas ‘week’, or maybe make it 2!

Oh, and look at that! I’m out of time. I hope you enjoyed reading this extra long Christmas edition of my blog. I’ll see you in 2024! Happy holidays 🎄😊!




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日本の小中学校で英語を教えるALT講師Nic先生は非常にユーモラスな先生です。台湾でも英語を教えていました。どこでも適応できるのがNic先生が自慢ができること。「肉先生」と読んで欲しいとたまに呼びかけられるかもしれません。こんなコミカルで愉快なNic先生から楽しく英語指導を受けませんか? 座右の名"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."