Christmas Eve Cake

Each area we live in has a special set of customs and traditions that we have had the pleasure to learn. Some we just experience and forget with, and some we have picked up and brought with us. The Japanese love Christmas cakes. While their cake isn't really about Christmas at all, it reminds us of the true reason we are celebrating the holiday. The birthday of Jesus.

EJ and I had fun flipping through catalogs of cakes, convenience to department stores sell them, and picking out our favorites. A Japanese friend recommended a bakery just a few minutes away for our cake

We headed over Christmas Eve morning and the baker was a hubbub of activity. One case had an assortment of cakes on display, the other was full of ones already boxed up and ready to go.

Fortunately there were a few left for us to choose from and EJ chose her favorite.

They boxed it up and EJ got to carry it home to the boys.

The cake is a modge podge of all that the Japanese think Christmas is about, amazing how they fit it all on one cake.

Funny enough the cake came with candles. I'm not sure if the Japanese use them but we lit them up and sang Happy Birthday after EJ and DaddyO returned from the candlelight service.

Christmas cake just may take the place of plum pudding in years to come!

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