This year we did things a little different. Instead of having our traditional Noche Buena meal with the (extended) family, we decided to stay home and celebrate with our own family. That is to say, that it was just the three of us this year.
But, we will be heading to my parents’ for dinner today and the menu will be the traditional Puerto Rican Christmas meal. I have to say that outside of the guilt/pressure to do things a certain way and please the family, I pretty much enjoyed the quiet and relaxed day we spent together. We baked some cookies, made a reindeer, an angel, and Santa cards. We talked about Santa and pondered how he might enter our house. The answer, according to my three year old, “He’ll ring the doorbell.”
She also sang Happy Birthday to baby Jesus after we explained it was his birthday. And in a new modern mami tradition, we put out cookies for Santa at night and left him the card we made.
It was a little different. We did not share the day with the abuelos. We did not eat our arroz, pernil, or pasteles. But, in the end, I think it all worked out.
Enjoy your family folks and have a great Christmas.