Waking up early the 24th of December to start preparing for dinner, every year it has been the same tradition. You might know that we celebrate the December 24 we call it Noche Buena and December 25 we eat leftovers from the day before and continue celebrating.
When it comes to food preparation and and mom being Dominican we tend to start seasoning all the meat on the 22nd or 23rd of December. On the 23rd we start making all the salads and deserts. It was always me, my mom and sometimes my bigger sister but mostly me and my mom since I’m the youngest and all other siblings were years older than me.
On the 24rd of December we started very early in the morning with all the food preparations, the rice and beans, sancocho, the pork, chicken and turkey all the meat were pre seasoned from the day before placed in a huge oven plate they had to stay long hours in the oven and constantly had to be watched and turned over to different sides.
Meanwhile the food is cooking I had to make sure to set up the dinner table sometimes when we knew we are going to have a lot of people over we made sure to put two tables together I had to take all the beautiful dishes, glasses and spoons from our kitchen cabinets that were only allowed to use when we had visitors over or for any other holiday. Mom always yelled from the other room “Cathy make sure you don’t forget to put our Christmas themed table cover” then I answered: “Yes mom I will”.
Mom was always walking back and forth to see how I was doing and ofcourse helped me if she saw that I needed some extra help with something. She would blast the radio or put her favorite CD in we all would be singing and preparing for the evening.
Table Decorations & Cleaning the House
But before any food preparation we had to clean to whole house starting from the bathrooms and ending in the livingroom. It had to be and smell clean because there’s always chismosas in the family or as family friends and the notice every detail. I’m sure many of you can relate.
I’m not gonna lie my mom he really took her time to teach me how to clean the house properly by the age of 7 – 8 I could do many things on my own. She could depend on me to do these tasks. By 5 or 6 pm we were done with cleaning afterwards I went and took a long shower and started to prepare myself for the guests and the dinner ofcourse. I had these beautiful gold earrings and a necklace with a heart pendant on it that I got from my godmother. Put on my new clothes and cute little shoes.
Las chismosas always get to the party first that is me talking from my own experiences, I looked through the small peephole and yes there they were I opened the door and let the them in. Between 8 or 9 pm we were all sitting by the dinner table being loud as heck and waiting for the food to be placed on the table in these colorful huge plates.
Sitting there all I could think was “smells so yummy can’t wait to eat” all the food is finally on the table. And we start eating and drinking ponche crema (egg nog).
Finally the gifts!
Back in the day gifts were a big part our Christmas celebrations, I remember we all sat around the christmas tree and one by one my mom passed us one gift each. I remember one time getting the BIGGEST doll I have ever seen. We didn’t had the biggest house or the fanciest car but we always had a cozy home, everything we needed and eachother.
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Today’s Christmas Message