Filipino families have different ways of celebrating Christmas. Some go to the mall and shop with their families, some go to the park, but I think, most families celebrate it with family reunions with a party at home, just like my family.
For my family, Christmas is very special.
We normally start of with a Christmas breakfast—which is made special by this yummy chocolate drink made from a chocolate tablet that we crush and cook with milk and whisked manually with a wooden beater. What’s nice about it is its thick, very rich in texture and taste --heavy on the calories (that’s why we do this only for Christmas:D ).
A storygoes that there was once a priest who liked chocolate. Whenever he had a high-ranking visitor, he would say, “Chocolate Eh”–and his cook would know that he wanted the chocolate cooked with milk. When he had an ordinary visitor, he would say, “Chocolate Ah” —and his cook would know he wanted chocolate mixed with water to be served.
Now I don’t know how this story is true as it does sound discriminatory—but the chocolate with milk is really yummy as it has small grits of chocolate when we drink it. (Maybe I’ll try the chocolate + water version next time for comparison. ) As far as I know, my grandparents did the same when my mom was a child. We do this every year, though, I must admit, it is not typical Filipino tradition but more of a family one.
Anyway, by lunchtime, the house is teeming with family (coming from different parts of the city) and we normally have a pot-luck kind of celebration, where each family gets to contribute one special dish. Again —more calories! (This is a day of forgetting diets )
Me–my forte is baking. One happy Christmas baking moment that I remember is when a friend *(who is a TV personality ) *of my mom called up and said that her husband *(also a TV personality) *loved the fruitcake I made (which my mom gave them for Christmas) and wanted some more.
She said that she was surprised that her husband liked it because he normally doesn’t like fruitcake. She asked if she could buy --but mom said she was happy to give them some more as I don’t sell them.
I was flattered, of course. I guess, what set my fruitcake apart is that I’m heavy handed with the nuts (did not follow the recipe) coz I love them. Its more of a nut-and-fruit-and-oh-by-the-way-there’s-cake-there-somewhere-kind-of-thing.
I worry about the extra pounds I gain later on. :rolleyes:
To culminate this most special day— we (my family) would go to mass–which the highlight of the day.
Always, we remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!