Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 1953 A Perspective on Korea, The Gift from Kwansei Gakuin and The Story of the Nutcracker Doll

Image from The Golden Book of Christmas, a gift, 1953

Diary Entry:  Dec. 18, 1953

"A wonderfully warm day and Kwansei Gakuin sent us a Christmas present--a box of 150 mikan & a box of 100 apples!  Station meeting tonight.

Went to Jeffrey's.  Jeff told about the Koreans as he saw them.  People trust in God because there is no one else to trust.  Presbyterians gaining ahead of Methodists there.  Building program full steam.  Everything is stripped--no trees left in the hills.  Foreign aid is building for them." 

The Nutcracker Doll

This story begins on Christmas eve.  In the old-fashioned German city, the lights were so bright in Mary's house and they shone outside the windows on the snow.  A wagon stopped at the house and it was Uncle Droselmill with his hands full of gifts... 

NOTE:  Included in each of the next several posts will be an image from the Japanese version of the timeless, internationally enjoyed holiday classic, The Nutcracker, along with the translations as they were written in Bobby's kindergarten book.


  1. I remember the gift of mikan and apples- a big box of fruit that we enjoyed very much. Ever since then our family has had mikan in the kitchen whenever we can find them in the store.

  2. How exciting that you're carrying a story across multiple posts. It reminds me a lot of the old serial radio programs that would carry over from day to day or week to week, with the announcer saying something like, "Be sure to tune in next week for the exciting conclusion!" at the end of the first (or whatever part in the series) program. So fun!

    ♥ Jessica

  3. I love the illustrations and I think the translations are fun as well. Thanks for writing--I know you're very busy with Christmas preparations!

  4. I was going to ask what Mikan are but I Googled instead and found out they are the same as a type of Mandarin we get here. Look forward to the next several posts about The Nutcracker.

  5. Yes, very sweet mandarin-like oranges, called "clementines" too. This Nutcracker version is short and sweet and I hope you enjoy it!


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