well, today is solstice so we will be doing the proper thing and taking a bath with a citrus called yuzu to keep us healthy the coming year. then, on the 23rd we will have a mellow christmas feast with one friend and her daughter, as everyone else we know has plans, and on the 25th, when I have a long work day, dh and I will have our stockings. we are doing stockings for our foster daughter and for another little girl who spends her holidays with us, but they will get them late, as our dfd, who should have begun her move home tomorrow, is moving in late because of an outbreak of the flu in her childrens home.
she is so in love with the little christmas tree they have there that I was really looking forward to decorating a tree here with her, but, I guess that will have to wait for next year.
once the christmas celebrations are done, we will start trying to fit the new years celebrations and preparations in between visits to dfd, with a rash of cleaning to start the new year with a shiny home, making sticky rice cakes with some neighbors and then on the night of the 31st, when I will be wanting nothing more to fall into bed after the cleaning orgy we will head off with another family to pay the first visit of the new year to a big ol' shinto shrine
:. also, I think SIL is coming to stay.
then, new years morning we eat soup at sunrise and eat lots of sticky rice cakes all day. finally, on the second, I have some sort of responsibilities towards the little shrine up on the hill above my house - I think I am to make tea and must, of course, drink my morning sake. that ought to mark the end of the festive season, and the start of my collapse in a state of nervous exhaustion. I have not yet gracefully pulled off a winter holiday season here, and this will be the first one with kids underfoot.