Except for one year, I have not spent Christmas with my parents for 25 years. I cherish the days when we had big parties where we got to exchange gifts with relatives we never saw during the year. We ate special food--it was a feast with both Japanese and Brazilian food! My parents made efforts to give us what we wanted and we treasured those gifts. There are lots of things I miss and one of them is personally giving gifts to my parents, my brother and sister and spending peaceful days with them.
I spent the day today with some of my present and former students. It's been like that for a number of years now and I feel lucky. Look at the dessert (pavê de coco) decorated by Hitomi & Sho.