Thanks for all your comments. I hope there are no children reading this, because if there are, they might have been a bit shocked to find out that Santa Claus is not real! To be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure myself, so thanks for setting me straight. I suppose the whole question of Santa Claus must be quite difficult for parents. It’s a nice story for children to believe, but I wonder how they feel when they find out that their parents were lying to them? I was talking to a friend the other day who has a very smart daughter. He said that when she saw her present was something that she had seen before in Costco, she asked her dad, “Does Santa shop in Costco too?”
Anyway, Here is some feedback on your comments.
Sometimes it is only for my wife, or in another year, it is only for me.
Some years it is only for my wife, and other years, it is only for me.
The topic is very timely!
You could also say just “That was good timing!”
I don’t know whether most Japanese are same as me or it is just me …
I don’t know whether this is all Japanese people or just me …
The tree seems to shrink every year!
I can’t forget their faces!
I will never forget their faces! (This is a kind of 決まり.)
I buy a lot of Christmas presents – probably about 25.
I have never met anyone who buys so many presents!
I decorated Christmas ornaments.
I put up the Christmas ornaments.
but we don’t do it since then.
but we haven’t done it since then.
Also, he is not such a type as to give presents
“Also, he is not the type to give presents” or “Also, he is not the present-giving type.”
I think I’m going to be into this for a while! (What’s the word for しばらくハマりそう！in English?)
Your sentence sounds fine to me.
Maybe I should have said “I have some postcards of the Saturday Evening Post’s covers”. I’m not sure, though.
This is correct.
As you said in the blog, advent calender is not famous in Japan.
As you said in the blog, advent calendars are not common/popular in Japan.
I always make such a mistake, too!
I always make mistakes like that, too! (A-Z: such)
What would you like to get most for Christmas?
A helicopter, please! If that’s too expensive, how about a Ducati Multistrada? In red, of course.
I thought it was a name of a car! lol!
I thought it was the name of a car.
Why do/did you make your children to believe in Santa?
Why do/did you let your children believe in Santa?
Not at all. I just happen to have a friend who has one.
I’ve never thought that way.
I’ve never thought about it like that.
I gave him a present for St. Nicholas Day without any qualification every year.
… without any conditions…
I wonder if you can say this: “Talking about Santa Claus works as if you’re playing your best card to make your children behave well.”
It’s correct, but it sounds a bit strange. I would just say “using it as a tool to make your children behave well.”
When I was a child, I interchanged gifts with my family member.
When I was a child, I exchanged gifts with the other members of my family.
someone is just wearing a Mickey’s 着ぐるみ”.
it’s just a person wearing a Mickey costume.
Soon or later children will know that
Sooner or later, children will find out that… (A-Z: know/find out)
I like the idea leaving some room( or space?) fantasizing something.(
I like the idea of allowing children to fantasize.
They made me Christmassy!
They made me feel Christmassy!
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back with a new topic on Monday.