Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Holidays: Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day, December 25th, is a traditional Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It has become very popular in non-religious circles and many traditions have developed. The Christmas tree (pictured to the right) , usually a fir tree decorated with twinkling lights, tinsel, and ornaments begins the Christmas season for many families. Poinsettias, ruby-colored, star-shaped leaves, are popular holiday decorations during the Christmas season, along with wreaths and mistletoe, a popular kissing adornment at parties! Many families celebrate Christmas by having family and friends over for dinner and exchanging gifts. Some religious families attend various pageants, carols, and church services.

In Latin America, Nochebuena, December 24th is celebrated! In some Cuban families, dinner is centered around a pig roast, or lechón. The dinner features many side dishes and desserts, and often games of dominos are played. In some other Latin American cultures, a dinner is served with the family usually after attending a late mass known as "Misa del Gallo". In the Philippines, this usually comes after the entire family has attended the late evening Christmas Eve mass. Often on the table are: lechón, pancit, fried chicken, ham, arroz caldo, lumpia, rice, and adobo among others for the main course. Desserts include ube halaya, bibingka, rice cakes, puto bumbong, ice cream, pastries and cakes; drinks include hot chocolate, coffee, soda, wine, beer, juice, and goat milk. (source: Wikipedia).

We here at OMSA wish you a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03724b.htm and http://www.holidays.net/christmas/