There is no doubt that one of the best holidays is Christmas. It is the season of love, gift-giving, and merry-making. The very season we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
For my girls, spending Christmas at home is what they prefer and that is now hard to negotiate with. They look forward to me setting the Christmas tree as early as November. They get very excited with Santa and the gifts they are about to receive from him, as well as presents coming from friends and family.
This is us during our special dinner on Christmas Eve. I prepared a variety of food for our family to share and enjoy. I made the traditional buko salad and garden salad. I cooked grilled lamb with potato wedges on the side, baked penne, taghilaw, a Romblomanon dish, and garbanzo rice. We also had leche flan, mango bravo cake and baklava.
I remember Christmas at my maternal grandparent's house. My grandmother would always prepare ginataan. Auntie Jo normally makes gelatine, buko salad, spaghetti, and other meat dishes; then we had a mix of local and imported fruits on the table like oranges, apples, grapes, dalandan, bananas, pomelo, papaya, etc. We used to sleeping early just to wake up at midnight for noche buena. Also, grandma or Mama Beding as we fondly called her would have a bucket of biscuits and candies for apos and other children asking for pamasko in Christmas morning after church.
Now I hope to continue these Christmas tradition that I grew up with in my own family. I prepare a table of delicious foods on Christmas Eve, bring to the kids church then go home to gifts and treats.
Happy holidays, everyone!