Christmas : It’s a big event of the party season.

▶ Many Japanese celebrate Christmas. Families and friends hold parties with cakes and nice foods. Along with the New Year holidays, it is a big event of the party season. Most Japanese do not go to church for the Christmas mass. Also, Christmas is not a holiday.

▶ Parents with small children give them “gifts from Santa Claus.” Couples may also give each other gifts. On Christmas Eve, popular restaurants are packed with couples!

▶ The non-Christian Japanese started celebrating Christmas from the early 20th (twentieth) century. You could say that this is a “commercialized version of Christmas.”