An American Christmas & Culture Class
(A TRUE American Christmas)
On 7 December 2013 was the 1st Public International Understanding Seminar. The instructors/speakers conducted the cultural seminar as an American family, specifically introducing an American Christmas.
In Japan there are general customs established for a Japanese Christmas but the seminar explored how these customs are different from the American customs, and how exactly one can come to grasp them. Also, everyone sang Christmas carols like "The 12 Days of Christmas," and decorated cookies together. In the warm atmosphere of the Boek family, a harmonious, peaceful, and fun seminar was conducted.
7 December 2013 (10:00AM－12:10PM)
Kagoshima Citizen's Exchange Center, 1st Floor
Kagoshima International Association Classroom
Mr. Jeremiah Boek (Home Country: America)
Mrs. Geigy Boek (Home Country: America)
20 Participants (2: Male, 18: Female)
- "True or False" Quiz
- Introduction to the differences between a Japanese and an American Christmas
- Introduction to the customs of an American Christmas
- Introduction to Christmas songs ("Christmas carols")
- Cookie Decorating
- Eating decorated Christmas cookies together
True or False Quiz
Singing The 12days of Christmas
Everyone decorating cookies together
Everyone eating together
A commemorative photo
Feedback from Participants
- Attending had me relaxing in the warm and gentle atmosphere of the seminar. Since there was an international family speaking and international members participating, it really made me think.
- My own family is Christian but we aren't able to decorate in this way. We/I were able to learn all sorts of things about an American Christmas. We didn't any Christmas cake. There was a proposal for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- The chances of meeting a foreigner in Kagoshima are few, so this was a good opportunity.
- It was a good experience being able to learn and become aware of customs like singing (Christmas carols), cookie making, and speaking together in English.
- It was very fun learning how Americans celebrate Christmas and how American and Japanese Christmases are different.
- It was very fun learning about other foreign cultures in a casual and peaceful setting.
- All the sponsoring staff were friendly, and, for a brief moment, I felt like I was enjoying a (real) American Christmas.