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Christmas Cake vs. Christmas Cookies

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Homemade Christmas Cookies The first time I ever heard of Christmas cake was in 1992, a few months after I arrived in Japan. I went to visit a Japanese friend in Yokohama two days before Christmas. After she and her mother picked me up at Shin-Yokohama station, she said excitedly, “We're going to the bakery to get a Christmas cake!” I had no idea what she was talking about, but pretended to be excited about it, too. (After all, it's not hard to get excited about anything involving cake.) Later in her kitchen, she untied an elaborate red bow atop a cake box, pulled out this beautiful cake adorned with strawberries and started putting birthday candles on it. “Oh, is it your mother's birthday?” I asked. She gave me a strange look and said, “Um, it's a CHRISTMAS cake.” After dinner, she lit the candles and asked me to sing “Silent Night” with her. I was horribly confused at this point and trying very hard to be a good guest, so I did what I was told. The embarrassment and confusion disappeared as I took a bite of one of the fluffiest, most delicious cakes I had ever tasted.  And ever since that time, I've had to tell students over and over again that Americans don't really eat cake for Christmas. I'm always surprised how many people seem to think that this is also an American Christmas tradition. When I was a child, Christmas was all about rolling out cookie dough, cutting them into shapes, and decorating them. So, every Christmas I take the time to make cookies for my students so I can share my childhood memories of Christmas.

LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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