A country close to my heart, Japan is probably the last place you’d think of when it comes to Christmas. And by rights too, Japan is a majority Buddhist and Shinto nation, so Christmas day isn’t an official holiday in the country where you’ll find shops and schools open on December 25th. Many children believe Christmas day to be the celebration of the birth of “Santa-san”, so we’re miles away from the Nativity story here.
That list, in full:
1. The Lancashire Bomb
This cheese is mad. A 1kg grenade of super mature Lancashire cheese. Really tangy and crumbly. PLUS the added adventure of figuring out how to get into it – it’s wrapped in hessian and thick black wax. Answer: set your dad on it with a Swiss army knife.
Ever wanted to know how to say Merry Christmas in Hawaiian? Change up your Christmas card messages? Now you can!
My favourites include the Japanese “Merii Kurisimasu” and the Telugu “Krismas Shubhakankshalu”.