December 11, 2019 9:00 am
The Philippines is dubbed as the country with the longest celebration of Christmas, across the stretch of the first day of September until the Feast of the Epiphany, this is the feast of three Kings who visited baby Jesus. Filipinos prepare a lot during the Yuletide Season, from the aesthetics of their house to different Pinoy ulam recipes and other dishes that will fill up their guests with their house specialties. Needless to say, days or weeks of preparation will never be enough for the Filipinos to showcase their gratitude for a year’s blessings.
Filipinos have unlimited ways of expressing themselves in this season of hospitality, warmth, and celebration, not to mention the resourcefulness of Filipinos in using various items to make the season more festive. It can range from singing to cooking various holiday dishes. There are also lot of “rolls” you’ll encounter around the Filipino Christmas Season and here are some of it that you can be familiar with:
Filipino Christmas Rolls
Filipinos’ love for music amplifies during this season. Children and sometimes adults, mark the beginning of Christmas season with door-to-door singing of Christmas carols. This tradition showcases both the talent and generosity of Filipinos.
As the “Ber” months enter, Filipinos start to decorate their houses with Christmas trees, lanterns, garlands, and flowers called poinsettia. Even corporate offices and the academe set competitions for the “Best Christmas Decorations.” Some even stretch the competition for an extra mile by utilizing recycled products in decorating – saving both money and the environment.
What is Christmas without the food? The focal point of the celebrations will always be the food showing the abundance of Filipino households in whatever state you are. Food items for this special occasion usually cost you more than the usual. This include ham, Queso de Bola, wines and other luxurious food items. On the other hand, some thrift folks munch on street-side like Bibingka and Puto Bumbong equally send in the Christmas mood. Salabat and Tsokolate, meanwhile, are the usual drinks for church-goers attending the Simbang Gabi. But the real deal in terms of Christmas food is the food served during Noche Buena.
The food rolls mentioned above are very easy to make. It can be a fun activity with the whole family or a dedicated gift to them that’s worth the wait. Be sure to prepare everything in advance so that you have enough ingredients and prep time for these recipes as these Pinoy ulam recipes call for a long preparation and cooking. This makes Christmas meals worth the wait. Be patient when making each dish and always cook with passion from your heart. Here are four Christmas roll recipes using Aji Seasonings to help you prepped up this yuletide season:
Storage and shelf life might not be a problem during these times of celebrations. You’ll probably finish up all food served at the table. But if you managed to leave some shy pieces of spring roll, there’s a relative or guest willing to take that home. This season of celebration is also a season of sharing. Share these recipes with your friends and family. Have a bountiful Christmas everyone!