> Am I the only one who thinks that "The Christmas Eve Couple" is tremendously
> similar to Mutsumi Tsukumo's "Moonlight Flowers"?
> The art is almost the same and even the career woman's got the same name as the
> one in Moonlight Flowers.
> I guess Matsufuji has been inspired a lot by Tsukumo.
There are definitely some similarities, but I don't know if Matsufuji was inspired by Tsukumo or has even read any of her work. The plot isn't uncommon (woman in an unhappy marriage ends up with another woman), the similarity in art style and character design is probably because they're from around the same time period, and Kyouko is a common name. (Actually, the names from the first story, Sahoko and Kaoru, stood out more in my mind because of other things I've read.)
By the way, thanks to everyone for their kind words and holiday greetings.