A delightful Christmas Season!

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By Chef Ed Dychauco

Pots and Pans

Thursday, December 5, 2013

IT IS the merriest month and the most wonderful time of the year.

December! How time flies.

In a few weeks, we will be celebrating Christmas once again and everybody is busy with buying, preparing and wrapping gifts for their love ones.

What a beautiful sight to behold, people smiling, very happy, cheerful and in good spirits.

Weather is considerably cool and the yuletide spirit is definitely in the air.

Radio stations playing Christmas carols day and night, television showing Christmas activities everywhere.

Shopping malls, stores and individual dwellings by now have decorated their spaces with various Holiday decorations in an assortment of colors, designs and motifs. Plus those beautiful Christmas lights that twinkle and even play Christmas carols!

Colorful and lighted ‘parol’ hanging by the windows, plus an array of decorations inside and outside every house is such a delight to appreciate like the time-honored Christmas trees, adorned with all the imaginable trimmings with gifts under them.

I always believe whatever we have, be it small or big, we celebrate Christmas not because it has been a custom or tradition, but because we are celebrating the reason for the season, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

So, don’t forget the nativity set, which is truly the meaning of Christmas.

We have witness several misfortunes this year, yet we continue to look forward to this joyous occasion.

That is really inherent in us and a very positive attitude which we have nurtured ever since.

It is a time of celebration, a time to be happy, a time to share, a time to give whatever we have to the needy.

It is a time also to be together, to spend time with family and friends, to thank God for all the blessings we have received.

Pretty soon, we would start our traditional “Simbang Gabi” in the early morning. This is one thing that I have fond memories of.

It was always something to look forward to especially the cool and chilly air.

And this is the time we definitely need our sweaters or jackets to keep us warm as we walk towards the church.

I can still remember the time when I was very young and it was always hard to stay awake during the entire duration of the mass. But instantly awakens when the mass is over as it was time for some food!

Native “kakanin” coupled with hot and thick native chocolate to warm our tummy is certainly a special treat.

I can still vividly recall those goodies being sold just outside or near the church premises, plus the aroma of freshly made “kakanin” filling the crisp air.

For those who cook and bake, this is once again the time to be extra busy with undeniably less sleep because of overflowing “orders.”

Many people have been promoting what they can offer for this holiday season in several networking sites, be it foods, clothing, services and many more.

But with the increase of basic commodities, especially LPG and gasoline I wonder how this would affect everyone.

But then again, we just have to work it out. A little belt-tightening?

Maybe it is time to go back to the basics.

How about using firewood in our cooking and other food preparations?

Maybe it is time to go back to promoting our local delicacies where we can use what nature has provided us abundantly.

‘Bibingka’ would be filling, that can come in an assortment of variety and flavor.

‘Suman’ also comes in several kinds.

What about other ‘rice cakes,’ like puto?

Root crops are indigenous to us, so it would not be surprising to relish them in the early morning. Let’s go Pinoy!

I understand a lot of institutions and companies are donating their money instead of having Christmas parties and I surely commend them for doing this.

But I still believe a little get-together can be done with a little ‘salo-salo’ incorporating it with a lot of fun, games and photos. It doesn’t have to be extravagant.

And maybe in lieu of expensive gifts, this can be donated to the needy. Well, to each his own.

As for the kids, it might come as a disappointment to them.

Maybe a simple celebration with a small budget for exchange gift would be nice.

We also don’t want to frustrate the kids since Christmas is definitely also for kids.

Whatever we intend to do this once a year holiday season, remember to share happiness, joy, peace and love.

Be blessed!


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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 05, 2013.


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