TIL that in Japan, a woman past the age of 25 was known as a “Christmas Cake” because, just like “cakes [that] go on discount once Dec. 25 rolls around”, she was “considered past her prime.”

Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/12/16/369830094/a-christmas-cake-that-isn-t-about-christmas-at-all

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  1. I lived in Japan for 10 years, speak Japanese at a decent level, and have never once heard that expression. Japanese women do get a TON of family pressure around this time to get married, though, as occurs in many cultures around the globe.

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