A Pereira Christmas – 2019

From our family to yours, I would like to wish you Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

I am not a Catholic, but we usually celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. We know it is not the true date. To be honest, no one really knows the actual date. The Orthodox celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January. In recent times, there are many scholars saying that Jesus was born in September in between the 08th and the 12th.

I really don’t know, but I think it is not the date that we celebrate, but the fact that we do celebrate it – because it is an important event in human history. It is the day that God chose to come down as a man and bring Salvation to us all.

Christmas is usually a busy time for me. At the office, there are many things that need to be done before the end of the year. In addition, I need to do all the shopping for the ingredients for the Christmas dinner. My mother usually makes her cakes. She makes the traditional Sri Lankan Christmas Fruit cake and the “Love” cake.
The Love cake is specifically a favorite because it is really tasty and not too rich.

On Christmas day, I am the chef and I do the Christmas turkey. It started a few years ago as an experiment and it came out so well that it pretty much became a tradition ever since. I usually follow this recipe by Gordon Ramsay.

As for presents, well, we don’t do gifts because when we were growing up, we never had money for presents. But it taught us to value more important – treasured memories – eating good food, the smell of the Christmas tree, spending time with family and watching Christmas movies.

This year was my sister-in-law’s first Christmas with us and we wanted to make it special. So we had guests over. This means that the food needed to be perfect.

This time I had a bit of help with the cooking as well. Rochelle wanted to roast some pork belly and ham. It is traditional in the Philippines.

Well that’s our Christmas. It was enjoyable, memorable and couldn’t ask for better. Actually it could have been if Dad was there with us. But being in Sri Lanka, he decided to spend Christmas handing out gifts to the needy. So Yeah.. it actually was perfect if you look at it.

On Christmas eve, we took in another stray. Meet the cute and cuddly Nevar. She is just the sweetest.
So I guess we have 4 cats now.

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