My family is a Buddhist family, so we don’t really celebrate Christmas like how some others do. Things like socks hanging, Christmas Eve dinner, gifts opening and whatnot, never happened to me. To me, Christmas is just another holiday to cherish.
This year, I came back to home to KL to spend a few days of quality time with the parents. So what happens on Christmas day for me this year?
My day started early in the morning with a customary mother and son trip to the morning market. We bought a lot of stuff today, I had to go back to the car to unload, and then go back into the market to look for my mom again. Epic Hide and Seek Game, 2 times!
Then it is brunch time. We bought a lot of stuff in the market. They’re all grandma’s favorite. Set the food up on the altar for grandma to eat, and then bring the food to the dining table and we eat. That’s how we Chinese roll when it comes to special prayers session 😉 .
And then mom wanted to cook a nice dinner. Not for Christmas, but sort of replacement for the 冬至 Winter Solstice that was a few days ago because I missed it.
There’s no place for me in mom’s kitchen. When the professional cooks, the noob is relegated to the living room. Time for The Amazing Race marathon!
Four episodes later, it is time for dinner. There’s four dishes and one soup:
- Bok choy stir fry,
- Fried fish fillet,
- Some egg, crabstick, onions and other things stir fry with lettuce,
- Braised sea cucumber, fish maw and mushroom (2 plates of these),
- Soup of apple, black fungus and other stuff.
Not your typical Christmas dinner, it is a very Chinese dinner. This is in fact something similar to what we will see during Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year Eve.
But I was watching Jamie Oliver’s Christmas themed videos earlier, and he said: “Good food and family, that’s what Christmas is all about!“, so in that sense, I guess my dinner is sort of Christmas-y 😉 .
Did all you lovely internet people have an enjoyable Christmas day?