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Christmas Eve Peculiarities

It’s been a long time since i’ve had noche buena (midnight celebration).

You see, before i was married and before my family moved out of the country, we used to wait up until midnight to open gifts. My mom would be busy preparing various dishes (enough to feed the neighbors), and when the clock stroke 12 we would all gather around the Christmas tree and take turns opening our gifts. When all the wrappings were torn, we would head to the dining table filled with all the traditional Christmas dishes and happily eat and chat. Even those couple of years my sister and i were left by ourselves, we continued the tradition and cooked (well my sister did and i bought…) our favorite dishes, but still enough to feed the neighbors *grin*.

When i got married, i realized that not everyone celebrated Christmas like we did. My husband’s family would sleep through Christmas eve and celebrate on Christmas day itself. I always feel a little sad to go without the festivities im so used to. That’s why this Christmas, i was happy our cousins visited and brought back the Christmas eve gathering, even if it was in a very simple way.

A simple snack of delicious ensaymada (a Filipino sweet pastry) and micro-ground, instant Starbucks coffee that tastes like freshly brewed coffee.

I didn’t think it could be possible (the instant coffee i mean, to taste so good), wonderfully peculiar indeed!


December 27, 2009 - Posted by | Affair to remember, Gastronomic experience | , , ,


  1. you can’t go wrong with a cup of sbux!
    isn’t it obvious that i like coffee too? 🙂
    i may have given up on soda, but never on coffee, lol!
    …love your ensaymada photo!
    …merry christmas and let the fun of dining be carried on to 2010 and beyond! 🙂 cheers!

    Comment by docgelo | December 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. Via!!! I can’t get enough of those little sticks of coffee heaven. ;D MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 😀

    Comment by cza | December 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. We have the same tradition during Christmas Eve. Mom will be busy cooking, we’ll open gifts by 12am and we’ll eat after. Then during New Year’s Eve, Mom will still be busy cooking (and yes, enough to feed the neighbors), we’ll wait for 12am to watch and/or light the fireworks and eat after.

    Happy New Year to you and your hubby! Cheers to more eats, travels, blessings and great times this 2010! 😀

    Comment by dyosa | January 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. niiice! haha.

    happy new year, mrs. L! 🙂

    Comment by ace | January 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. the ensaymada looks so yummy with cheese all over it

    Comment by Marie | April 15, 2010 | Reply

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