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Those of you who were following our forum in August may remember that we ran a popular post called ‘Show us your world’ where many of our contributors shared photos of the view from their window. This time, we’d like to brighten up what has been quite an unpredictable year for many of us by asking you to share something about your holiday set-up, if you’re celebrating a holiday in December 2020. At this time of the year, many cultures celebrate religious or national holidays, and many people do something special to mark the new calendar year. If this is the case for you, please feel free to let us know what you're celebrating in December, and to describe or send us a photo of any decorations, traditional dishes or other special things that you might have prepared.

 

Even if you’re not celebrating anything special in the coming weeks, you might be looking forward to taking a well-deserved rest at the end of the year, or using this time to reflect on 2021 (in which case you might also like to take a look at our ‘Looking back on 2020’ post, where we’ve been talking about our plans for the new year ahead). Since we’re all based in such different parts of the world, you could even send a picture of the weather where you live, since it isn’t necessarily winter in every country in the world right now. We’d love to see what the climate is like in your location!


No matter where you are in the world or what you’ll be doing, we'd love to know more. Tell us what you’ll be up to this December 2020 (or January 2021), and please do feel free to share photos as well  an image is always worth more than a thousand words!

 

We’re looking forward to ‘checking in’ with you again!

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    Tokihiko

    Hi, greetings from Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.

    We are at an altitude of 1,000m above sea level. It's winter here and is quite cold with daytime temperature of 0 to 5 degrees celsius. But we don't have much snowfall and we see the sunlight. The air is crisp and I enjoy walking my dog through the forest.

    The novel coronavirus is affecting our lives here like the other part of the globe, and we celebrated the New Year at home with "Osechi" (special box meal for new year). We don't go out except for a walk and shopping of food and daily necessities. Maybe it is a good environment for work at home for us translators.

    Here is a photo from my home office. The mountain behind the trees is an active volcano and you can see volcanic fumes below the clouds. Don't worry, it's in the inactive period of several hundreds of years!

     

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    Katrina Paterson

    That's a lovely photo, Tokihiko. I love the colour of the sky and the clouds. I've read that one of the good things about living in a volcanic area is that there is really good soil quality (like it's good for farming). Do you know if this is true in your area?

    As far as I know, we don't have any volcanoes where I live (the United Kingdom), but I'll send a picture that I took of my back garden at the end of November, which shows very nice wintery weather by English standards:

    Thanks, Tokihiko, for sharing your photo and for telling us how you spent the new year. Bon appetit for the osechi box and have a lovely start to 2021!

    To other readers - please don't hesitate to keep the pictures coming!

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    Lara Fernandez

    Since Toshihiko mentioned "Osechi" (Japanese special New Year food) I thought I'd go ahead and share a picture of it :) Last year me and my family were invited to have Osechi with the family of a girl my daughters met at the park (yes, some people are that nice!), and this year I went ahead and pre-ordered a box for our family and we had a friend over. I even made Ozoni (a type of soup to go with the Osechi, also typically had during the New Year). And I thought I'd share this blog that I really enjoy which gives an overview of Japanese New Year traditions :)

     

    Since I'm at it, here's also a shot of the first sunset of the year! We took my daughters to the park on the 1st and enjoyed this beautiful twilight on the way back home :) If you look carefully, you can see Mt. Fuji at the back!

     

    Let's make 2021 a great year, everyone!

    Edited by Lara Fernandez
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    Katrina Paterson

    That's a lovely photo of the Osechi box, Lara - it's giving me food envy! 

    I really enjoyed reading the blog post too, and learning about Japanese traditions for the New Year. I particularly like the idea of cleaning the house thoroughly so as to begin the year on a clean slate. 

    Let's make 2021 a great year indeed! 

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    gunnarbu

    The temperature has crept below zero, and a nice ice crystal pattern has formed on my window. Much less snow than we typically had 20-30 years ago – some say due to climate change, and others say that it is just normal sun cycle and ice age variations – but let us by all means NOT take that discussion here 😊 This year I am focusing on staying Covid-19 free until I can be vaccinated. That means a lot of time inside at home – and then it is very good to have Gengo jobs to occupy myself with. Lately I have tried some of the social media jobs, which has been a very special and interesting experience. As I have said before, I am still learning, you never stop finding new, tiny issues like for example should there be a space or not between the number and the plus sign when you write 100+ to indicate ‘a bit more than 100’. The textbooks have not addressed this specific issue, so I asked our national language council and the answer was that there should be a space. However, my LS at Gengo did not agree – so I had a new round with the language council which resulted in a contra – the right answer is that there should not be a space here! Another is currency signs, which are typically written in all sorts of versions in the source texts. Our national rules are not 100% clear on this, but in my language the Gengo style guide says to primarily use the ISO 4217 three letter designators, and they should be placed after the sum, e.g. 100 USD. «The devil is in the details» - Have a happy and Covid-19 free year!

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    gunnarbu

    Aaah! - I now see that I forgot to mention where this is from - this is from the beatiful island of Sotra outside Bergen, Norway.

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    Lara Fernandez

    That view, combined with the crystals on the glass, is gorgeous, Gunnar! All I can think is FROZEN vibes :)

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    Katrina Paterson

    Yes, the view is absolutely beautiful, and the crystal patterns are so ethereal. For a second I thought they were ferns or other leaves billowing outside the window. I've never seen crystals on glass like that before. And the sunset always looks so interesting in Nordic countries - the colours are just that little bit sharper, somehow. We hope you have a happy and Covid-free year, too! 

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    gunnarbu

    Glad you like it Katrina, but this is actually a rare golden sky just before SUNRISE, which is quite late in the morning here in the north. 

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    Katrina Paterson

    Even better, Gunnar! What a lovely start to the day.

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