Christmas is just around the corner!

It’s four days  before Christmas. Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo had made believers stay late at night for the 9 pm mass or wake up early morning for the 4 am mass, the time the rooster calls its cock-a-doodle-doo. The smell of bibingka and puto bumbong is in the air. For what is Simbang Gabi without these tasty Christmas food. Hmmm, yummy!

The carolers are out, too, straining their voices under the cold December nights. The houses are made merry by the glittering lights. And in my home, the candies and chocolates are ready for giving.

I am still cleaning the closets. Part of Christmas actually is fixing the home, making it habitable and presentable, in case family and friends come to visit. I still have to make that trip to the grocery for my noche buena feast. And since we plan to go out on Christmas day, I’d probably concoct some potato salad, make  tuna or chicken sandwiches, and slice that old fashioned cheese called queso de bola. Pan de sal and hot chocolate or coffee will complete that Christmas Eve dinner. Unlike the Christmases of my youth, my daughters and I just have each other while awaiting the birth of the Babe Jesus in the manger.

Nevertheless, the mood is always festive when kith and kin see each other. We still exchange aguinaldo. Interesting though, the children would rather receive money than gifts. They prefer now to buy their own needs. Oh well!

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