My Little Christmas Lesson

Sa opinion ng iba, ang Pasko ay para lamang sa mga bata. I detest the idea. Kasi hindi ko na pwedeng i-categorize ng sarili ko as “bata” e (at sure akong may hahampas sa mukha ko left, right and center kung ipipilit kong bata pa ako – gumising ka sa katotohanan!) Pero siempre gusto ko rin mag-celebrate no..at walang pwedeng magasabi na hindi ko ito deserve. Pero ano nga ba ang ibig nilang sabihin?

Ok, kung meron kayong mga bata sa bahay I’m sure alam ninyo ito.

Patutulugin mo sila ng maaga at sasabihin mong merong Santa Claus na magdadala sa kanila ng regalo pag natulog sila, para lamang gisingin muli bago pumatak ang alas dose, so we can tell them ”Merry Christmas.. eto na ang gift mo”. Pipilitin mo silang bumangon para kumain ng niluto mong pang Noche Buena kahit umiiyak sila dahil sa antok. Tapos pag gising na gising na sila at ayaw ng matulog dahil sa kalalaro ng bigay ni santa na laruan…magagalit ka, kasi ikaw naman ang inaantok na sa pagod at alas dos na ng umaga! Yan ang aming scenario.

Naiintindihan nga ba nila kung bakit sila gumigisng ng madaling araw? At kakain ng crepe at 12:30am! Anong meron at may regalo galing ke santa? At sino nga ba itong santa na tinatawag nila..lolo ko ba yan para bigyan ako ng cheap na plastic na bowling set, ka-share ko pa si kulot????

Para sa mga batang 22 months old at 5 years old..ano nga ba ito? (Oh I know…ganti gantihan lang kasi ganyan din ang ginagawa ng mga magulang namin noon! Pasusulatin pa nila kami – charing! ke santa kung anong gusto namin, pero ending hindi rin naman iyon ang natatanggap mo kasi either mahal o kakailanganin talaga ng matinding divine intervention ang mga hinihingi mo.)

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So, ang ibig ba nilang sabihin… ang Pasko ay para sa mga batang hindi nakakaintindi kung ano ang ”Pasko”?? E paano naman ang sa mga katulad nating bumibili ng regalo, nagpapakapagod sa pagluluto at nagpupumilit na magcelebrate dahil akala natin naiintindihan natin kung ano ito?

Ang sagot sa tanong ko.. pinakita ng mga anak ko. Hindi man nila alam, pero binigyan nila ako ng isang napaka importanteng leksyon. Na OO dapat nga pala paminsan minsan bumalik tayo sa pagkabata, sa pagka inosente. To those times when we still don’t know how to judge people, we don’t expect much (and get frustrated), to those times we are contented with the basic things we need and that there is such a thing as “nice and cheap”. For an innocent child, it doesn’t matter if its 28 March or 16 September…basta may makakain…Pasko!

Sa mata ng mga anak ko pinakamasarap ang crepe na ginawa ko kahit alanganing hilaw alanganing sunog. Yummy ang meatloaf, ang ilang pirasong ham at tsokolate Eh. Pinaglaruan nila ng husto ang murang murang bowling set – na habang si ate e nagco-concentrate sa paghihilera ng mga pins, si kulot naman e nageenjoy sa pagtutumba nito..hanggang umiyak tuloy si ate..wawa.

At sa gitna ng maingay nilang tawanan at iyakan, tinuturuan naman nila si mommy ng leksyon….not to judge, not to complain. Life is fine, take it easy. Kahit mahirap ang buhay, if we know how to be simple innocent children, we will enjoy it.

Lasang Pinoy 16: PINOY HOLIDAY FOOD GIFTS (THE ROUND-UP)

My apologies for this late round-up . . . When I took on the responsibility to host LP’s 16th Edition, I was already infancipating . . . A healthy baby Andrea joined my family in late February. I am now back to work in Brunei . . .

As the holiday season made its way into our homes again, whether we lovingly welcome it in or we protect ourselves from its infectious effects, we will end up giving or receiving a gift or two! There is just no excuse! Whatever amount it is, big or small, for the well heeled or not, giving is just what Christmas is all about.

For most Filipinos, who for 500 years have been Christianized, and grew up with Catholicism in their blood stream, the celebration of the birth of Christ will always be a joyous occasion. There is the much-awaited Noche Buena – midnight feast done on the eve of Christmas day, after we come back from Misa de Gallo (or Midnight Mass). The following day we continue the celebration with our best dresses on, for our traditional Christmas lunch – also the reunion lunch which normally would extend till dinner, with a lot of karaoke sessions in between. (Yes, karaoke! you are not a full blooded Pinoy if you don’t enjoy it or haven’t tried it at least! It is like a San Miguel Beer or our famous balut! Believe me, I have been away from the Philippines for quite some time now, but from where we stay – you will definitely know which houses belonged to Filipinos because Nonoy Zuniga wannabes will try very hard to give it their best shot for “I’ll never say goodbye”, and that would be like 7:30 in the morning! Love it or hate, its just so Pinoy!

Anyway, enough of the sidetrack and lets get down to the wonderful recipes & gift ideas you have shared for this round of Lasang Pinoy! It was a wonderful journey into their kitchen and a sneak peak into the lives of our dear friends from all over the world for last year’s Christmas celebration!

Here they are . . .

Ces Anciano’s Choco Crinkles

Choco Crinkles from essenCes.

Dhey’s Refrigerator Cake

Dhey’s Refrigerated Cake.

Chicken Feed

Erwin’s Fil-Canadian Lechon Manok at Iskandals.

Fried Chicken at Iskandals

Iska’s Crispy Fried Chicken at Iskandals.

Mango Jam

Mango Jam from Joey’s 80Breakfasts.

KinittyMommy’s Butter Tarts

KnittyMommy’s Butter Tarts.

Tangerine Ginger Cookies

Tangerine Ginger Cookies from Little Bites Of Nutrition.

Marketman’s Pinoy Food Gifts - 01

Marketman’s Pinoy Food Gifts | Part 1.

Marketman’s Pinoy Food Gifts - 02

Marketman’s Pinoy Food Gifts | Part 2.

Marketman’s Pinoy Food Gifts - 03

Marketman’s Pinoy Food Gifts | Part 3.

Mel’s Tamales

Tamales from Mel’s Kitchen and Garden.

Pinoy Cook’s Chocolate Polvoron

Chocolate Polvoron from Sassy, the Pinoy Cook.

Puto, Bibingka, Ensaymada and Yule Log Cake from Simply Anne’s.

Bibingka, Ensaymada, Yule Log Cake and Puto from Simply Anne’s.

Rellenong Manok and Biscotti from Stefoodie.

Rellenong Manok and Biscotti from Stefoodie.

Veronica’s Fruit Cake

Veronica’s Fruit Cake.

Haleyang Ube

and Ala Eh’s Haleyang Ube.

And since this round-up is kinda late, I hope that this would help our fellow foodies around and give them enough ideas on food gift giving for the coming holidays!

Thank you very much for joining Lasang Pinoy 16!

 

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