I needed a little extra help getting in the Christmas Spirit this year. Growing up in New England meant cold nights warmed by creamy hot chocolate while sitting next to the freshly cut christmas tree. Very different than Okinawa for sure. Okinawa has mild winters and there are no real christmas trees. So when my friend Ayumi invited me with a few of her other friends to the “Christmas Restaurant” I figured it would help with my Scrudgeness.
Dreaming Angel, a.k.a Christmas restaurant, is a holiday lovers dream. In fact that is exactly how it started. Yoko is a huge fan of christmas and after marrying her American husband she slowly began gathering all things Christmas both here and stateside. After encouragement from friends she opens her house for the month of December for others to join in the holiday fun. She has Santa stop by several times a season for the kids and offers a variety of american meals with a Japanese twist. Clam chowder, Hamburger steak, pork roast and more. The food is fine, but that isn’t the real reason to come here.
This house is saturated in Christmas. Outside there are lights, statues, ornaments and ribbon. Inside, well inside there isn’t an inch left to decorate. Yet, every year Yoko adds more and more. It’s actually impressive. What I thought was so great about this place is the lack of theme or continuity. Old with new, cartoons with traditional. If it is christmas, it is in this house. And she makes it work! The bathroom was even fantastic. A tiny santa in a oversized wine glass fish bowl, perfection. Yoko is happy to have you wander around and look at her collection. After all, putting all this up yearly has got to be a ton of work.
Pictures don’t show the extent of Yoko’s efforts so I really recommend you take the time to stop by next holiday season. You may even be able to find a few pieces that you grew up with. I quickly noticed the large plastic lit lawn ornaments that we had while growing up, the 90’s version of those blow up monstrous decorations of today – am I the only one who dislikes those things!? And if you find yourself missing the holidays of home, this place will bring a smile to your face.
What do you do when you aren’t in the holiday spirit?